Coaching can’t be all about the big bucks

IT'S A given that most NRL coaches are well paid - some very well paid. While the rumoured $4 million for Wayne Bennett's upcoming three-year stint at the Broncos is probably wide of the mark, he'd be content with his recompense.

That embattled Wests Tigers coach Michael Potter being paid $250,000 a season is usually accompanied by the word 'paltry', signifies his fee is possibly the lowest among the 16 NRL clubs.

The norm, I'm reliably informed, is around $350,000 to $400,000, with Bennett top of the tree and Craig Bellamy and Des Hasler the next branch down, on quite a deal less than the master coach though.

But following the coaching rigmarole of recent weeks, surely it can't be just the money that attracts these blokes to the job? For 52 weeks of 24/7 headaches, stress and immense scrutiny in a job that is solely results driven, there has to be other carrots apart from the attractive dollar signs.

With the game now totally professional and big business, coaching has become a legitimate career. And for the likes of Bennett, Bellamy, Hasler, Geoff Toovey and Tim Sheens, it is a rewarding career on numerous fronts.

If an NRL coach fails or is sacked, as has been the case with Matthew Elliott, Steve Price and Anthony Griffin already in 2014, the English Super League usually beckons.

However some, like David Furner, Jason Taylor, Rick Stone, Neil Henry and Steve Kearney, simply drift back into the role of assistant, no doubt awaiting an opportunity to return to the big time.

Others, such as Daniel Anderson, look for other opportunities in the game.

The former Warriors and Eels coach, who had a fruitful stint in the UK with St Helens, has since spent time as boss of the NRL referees and is currently general manager of football operations at Parramatta.

But, lo and behold, Anderson has now thrown his hat in the ring for the coaching role at Newcastle, vacated by Bennett.

And while it could well be a rewarding and successful job if the red-hot form of their NYC team is a yardstick, is there a necessity to once again put his neck in this noose?

Anderson is apparently well respected in his current role at the Eels, a far cry from three of his past four postings which he departed under controversial circumstances.

So why would he put himself through the coaching anguish once again? Surely not just ego?

With hot favourite Garth Brennan now out of the running at the Knights, Anderson - whose coaching CV is an impressive read - looks ready to climb back on the merry-go-round.

But his re-emergence may well be a futile exercise, with Rick Stone the street-corner tip to lead Newcastle once again.

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