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Give new Blues coach total power: Pearce

By Steve Jancetic 03/08/2010 07:02:12 PM Comments (0)

Former NSW coach Wayne Pearce has called for the scrapping of selectors as part of a complete overhaul of the Blues State of Origin set-up.

Pearce - the only man to captain and coach a NSW side to series clean sweeps - said the Blues needed to adopt a change in method and mentality if they were to bring an end to Queensland's era of dominance.

And first in the firing line are selectors, with Pearce adamant that whoever is appointed NSW coach in 2011 should be given final choice on his squad - and be left to sink or swim with the results.

"My view is that the selectors should be more advisers than selectors anyway," Pearce said.

"I think the coach, particularly if it's a full time coach as I'm advocating, should be accountable for results and therefore should have the final say on teams.

"Sure he needs some people to advise him, if you want to call them selectors that's fine, but they're actually advisers."

Asked if he recalled any issues with selectors during his time in charge of the Blues for the 1999 and 2000 series, Pearce said:

"The selectors, ultimately they'll get the team they want.

"You get pretty close to what you want as a coach anyway, so it was never an issue with me but it can rear its head at times."

NSW Rugby League general manager Geoff Carr said no decision on the role of selectors would be made until after the organisation had completed its review of operations, which is currently being conducted by former Sydney Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan.

There will be at least one change to the Blues set-up after selector Laurie Daley on Monday night announced he would not continue in the role next season.

Carr claimed he had known for some time that this would be Daley's final campaign, but was still hopeful of finding a role for the former Blues skipper.

"Laurie decided during the year it would be his last year as a selector, but we're doing a full review into the whole Origin process," Carr said.

"Laurie's played an integral part in NSW Origin for nearly 20 years and depending on the review, if there is another position there ... and Laurie feels and we feel he'd be suited towards it, we'd like his involvement."

Daley has been mentioned as the possible coaching heir apparent to Craig Bellamy, but he seemed to shy away from that possibility on Monday night.

With Bellamy's days in charge of the Blues seemingly numbered after three unsuccessful campaigns, Pearce called on the Blues to follow the lead of Queensland and appoint a coach without NRL commitments as part of a new regime.

"You look at the way the preparation for Origin has evolved, it has evolved but very, very slowly, so we're still pretty much doing preparation like it was 30 years ago in a lot of ways," Pearce said.

"I think we got the team pretty close to being right in that third game but that was a lot of trial and error.

"It's just a matter of not chopping and changing and dropping guys because they're not necessarily performing in any given game at club level and just showing a bit of loyalty.

"Some guys are Origin players and can step up even though they've been out of form at club level, and that's the formula Queensland's used for many years and I think NSW can benefit from that as well."

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