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NSW need Gould, says Lazarus

By Ian McCullough 18/06/2010 08:00:14 PM Comments (0)

Former NSW great Glenn Lazarus says Phil Gould is the only man who can end Queensland's State of Origin dominance.

Gould confirmed on Friday that he would be interested in taking over as NSW coach for the third time, if the conditions were right.

There have been calls for the 51-year-old, the Blues' most successful coach with 14 wins from 24 games in two spells, to take over from Craig Bellamy following a fifth successive series defeat to Queensland.

Bellamy's offer to quit in the wake of his side's 34-6 defeat on Wednesday was rejected by NSW chief executive Geoff Carr, but he is expected to stand down as coach after the third match in Sydney on July 7.

Lazarus, who played 19 games for NSW in 11 years, said Gould was the best coach he had worked with and no-one understands Origin better than the former Penrith and Sydney Roosters mentor.

"He understands Origin and he understands footballers better than anyone and it is no fluke that his record in Origin is so good," Lazarus told AAP.

"As long as he has a full say who he has in his side he will be great for us ... I don't know how much say Craig has at the moment.

"Given the chance he can mould a team to beat Queensland."

In addition to rating Gould as tactically smart, the man known as the Brick With Eyes said no-one was better and getting into a player's mind before going into battle against Queensland.

"As well as understanding the game, he understands players, he is the best motivator I ever played under.

"I was also lucky enough to play under Wayne Bennett at club level, but Gus was able to motivate me like no-one else in one-off games."

"I also think the fact he is not coaching at a club works in his favour as well.

"Craig has a lot on his plate with the Storm and, as Mal Meninga has shown (in Queensland), it is probably a better system to have."

Gould quit coaching in 2004 after leading NSW to victory and, despite having said in the past he would not return to coaching, he told the Nine Network on Friday he may reconsider.

"I wouldn't say no if it was offered in the right circumstances, but there is a long way to go before that happens," he said.

"You have to ask the people who appoint those positions, you don't apply, you get asked under the right circumstances if asked, I wouldn't say no."

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