Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The NRL coaches have had varying levels of success and past experiences which shapes the perceptions many have of them today.
In this article we’ll be ranking these coaches from worst to best.
16. STEPHEN KEARNEY
Having the worst win percentage of any active NRL coach pre 2020 certainly doesn’t help Kearney’s case.
After a bottom four and wooden spoon finish at Parramatta he has failed to rebuild a Warriors side that under his control have finished 13th, 8th and 13th, not to mention to begin 2020 his side has lost their first two games.
15. ADAM O’BRIEN
Adam O’Brien is coming into his first season as an NRL coach having learnt the trade under Craig Bellamy and Trent Robinson and after two games a 100% record.
A big job ahead for O’Brien who needs help the underperforming Knights find consistent form.
14. JUSTIN HOLBROOK
Similar to Adam O’Brien, Justin Holbrook is coming into his first season as an NRL coach, however is coming off of a Super League premiership win with St Helens.
Holbrook has recently taken on the hardest coaching role Rugby League at the Titans.
13. DEAN PAY
Dean Pay has been at the Bulldogs for two years and has not had the best tenure as head coach to this point leading his club to a 12th placed finish in 2018 and 2019.
— NRL (@NRL) March 23, 2020
12. JOHN MORRIS
Former Cronulla Sharks hooker John Morris took over as head coach in 2019 with his side finishing 7th.
The 39-year-old must build on that result with some of the best young talent in the country coming out of the Shire.
11. PAUL MCGREGOR
McGregor has taken the Dragons on a roller coaster ride since 2014 with the club making and missing the finals on multiple occasions, however never reaching the heights of a premiership or even a top four finish.
10. BRAD ARTHUR
It was tough placing Brad Arthur this low down the list considering the recent success he’s had at the Eels but he just doesn’t have the track record to back it up.
Since 2014 his club have made the finals twice and won the wooden spoon once.
9. IVAN CLEARY
While he hasn’t had the best luck at the Tigers and his recent return to Penrith, Ivan Cleary is a coach with plenty of post season experience most notably taking the Warriors to their second Grand Final in 2011.
8. ANTHONY SEIBOLD
Anthony Seibold’s coaching days are certainly in their infancy but have been successful to date.
Since being promoted to the role in 2018 he hasn’t missed a finals series and has done so at two clubs, the Rabbitohs and Broncos.
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) March 23, 2020
7. PAUL GREEN
Our first premiership winning coach of the list, Paul Green will forever be known as the man at the helm when the Cowboys won their first premiership in 2015.
He also took the club to their third Grand Final in 2017.
6. RICKY STUART
After coaching the Roosters to three straight Grand Finals and a premiership in 2002, Ricky Stuart went through a form drop as a coach at the Sharks and Eels.
The Raiders legend was then hired by his former club in 2013 making the finals twice and the Grand Final in 2019.
— Canberra Raiders (@RaidersCanberra) March 23, 2020
5. MICHAEL MAGUIRE
Although he is yet to do so with the Tigers, Michael Maguire turned the Rabbitohs from a bottom eight to a top four side and eventually a premiership winner in 2014.
It will be interesting to see if he can deliver the same fortunes to Leichhardt.
4. DES HASLER
We are beginning to creep into “Greatest of all Time” territory now as Des Hasler has coached in 15 NRL seasons making the finals 13 times, making the Grand Final five times and winning two premierships.
3. WAYNE BENNETT
If this was indeed a Greatest if All Time list Wayne Bennett would possibly be even higher, the super coach has been to nine Grand Finals with his side winning seven.
2. TRENT ROBINSON
No coach in the NRL era has had the same impact in their first season in first grade as Trent Robinson did in 2013, coaching the Roosters to their first premiership in 11 years and winning back to back Grand Finals in 2018 and 2019, not to mention that under his control the Roosters have only missed the preliminary finals once.
— Sydney Roosters 🐓 (@sydneyroosters) March 23, 2020
1. CRAIG BELLAMY
It’s quite simple, without Craig Bellamy the Melbourne Storm would not be the club they are today.
This man has taken the club from being another average NRL team to a premiership juggernaut that has won multiple titles during his reign as coach and 17 finals appearances in 18 years.