Laurie Daley sacked as New South Wales State of Origin coach

Laurie Daley is out as New South Wales coach.
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Laurie Daley is out as New South Wales coach.

Laurie Daley will not be offered a new contract as NSW Blues coach.

The NSW Rugby League board met on Friday and announced that Daley, whose deal expired this year, would not be offered the chance to continue in charge of the Blues.

"I have spoken with Laurie and he understands the decision. He is obviously disappointed but he has enjoyed the journey and appreciated the opportunity," NSWRL chairman George Peponis said.

"Obviously we thank Laurie for the significant contribution he has made over the past five years.

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"He is a legend of the game and has done a tremendous job. He is the only New South Wales coach in the past 12 years who has won a State of Origin Series.

"We felt it was time to make a change. All aspects of the business will be looked at from coaching staff to team operations and personnel."

Daley issued a statement through the NSWRL on Friday afternoon.

"I've enjoyed my time working for New South Wales Rugby League," Daley said.

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"I understand that the business is results-driven and I respect the decision of the board to go in another direction. I will always support New South Wales and I wish their team and their coach every success in the future."

Daley coached the Blues to their drought-breaking 2014 series victory, but maintained a modest 6-9 record at the interstate level.

NSW assistant Brad Fittler is a frontrunner to replace Daley, while former Blues players Craig Fitzgibbon, John Cartwright and Geoff Toovey, plus left-field option Des Hasler, could also feature as options.

If the Blues were to consider an NRL coach - as has been floated by former mentor Phil Gould - Craig Bellamy could earn a second bite at the cherry.

Current and former assistants Danny Buderus and Shane Flanagan have previously ruled out their interest in the role.

The NSWRL said the board had committed to conducting an organisational overhaul and restructure, which included appointing a new coach.

The Blues camp locations, management structure and team protocols will also likely form part of a wide-sweeping review.

LAURIE DALEY'S NSW COACHING CAREER

* 15 games, won 6, lost 9
* Five series, won 1, lost 4
* Points scored - 186
* Points against - 259

HOW HE COMPARES TO PAST NSW COACHES

* Phil Gould - 24 games, 14 wins, 9 losses 1 draw
* Laurie Daley - 15 games, 6 wins, 9 losses
* Wayne Pearce - 9 games, 5 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw
* Ron Willey - 7 games, 5 wins, 2 losses
* Ricky Stuart - 9 games, 4 wins, 5 losses
* Tommy Raudonikis - 6 games, 3 wins, 3 losses
* Craig Bellamy - 9 games, 2 wins, 7 losses
* Terry Fearnley - 3 games, 2 wins, 1 loss
* Jack Gibson - 6 games, 2 wins, 4 losses
* Graham Murray - 6 games, 2 wins, 4 losses
* Frank Stanton - 6 games, 2 wins, 4 losses
* Ted Glossop - 5 games, 1 win, 4 losses
* Tim Sheens - 3 games, 1 win, 2 losses
* John Peard - 3 games, 3 losses

- Sydney Morning Herald, AAP

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