Rugby league is a game built on traditions, whether it be the post-training bonding sessions, mad Monday celebrations, or pranking teammates. A prominent tradition in the NRL is the public humiliation of an unsuccessful coach, often leading to mid-season dismissals. This has resulted in a slew of sackings in recent years but, surprisingly, no coach will face the sack in 2024.
Coaches like Ivan Cleary of Penrith and Craig Bellamy of Melbourne are secure in their positions. Queensland-based coaches, grand finalist Kevin Walters, and new Titans mentor Des Hasler are also safe. For others like Canberra’s Ricky Stuart and Parramatta’s Brad Arthur, long tenures with their respective clubs ensure their stability.
The Roosters, Sharks, and Knights coaches also seem safe, at least in the short term. South Sydney’s Jason Demetriou and Manly’s Anthony Seibold, while not meeting expectations in 2023, are likely to remain safe. The Bulldogs and Tigers, known for coach dismissals, have new coaches and are unlikely to fire them in their first season. This leaves Cameron Ciraldo of the Bulldogs, entering his second season, as the only potential target for dismissal.
In conclusion, all NRL coaches are safe in 2024, leading to a disappointing lack of mid-season sackings.