Sack­ing pushes Gus into job mix

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FOR­MER NSW hooker Michael En­nis has urged Phil Gould to make an Ori­gin come­back and coach the Blues after Lau­rie Da­ley’s de­par­ture.

The NSWRL parted ways with Da­ley yes­ter­day, an­nounc­ing it won’t be re­new­ing his con­tract for the 2018 se­ries.

The Can­berra leg­end coached the Blues through 15 matches for six wins and nine losses, in­clud­ing the drought­break­ing 2014 se­ries.

Da­ley’s sack­ing has sparked a strong de­bate about who should re­place him as Blues coach mov­ing for­ward.

For­mer NSW cap­tain Brad Fit­tler has been men­tioned as a can­di­date, although he was non-com­mit­tal on the sub­ject last month.

Fit­tler, who played 31 games for the Blues, is well re­spected from his ten­ure as City coach and it is un­der­stood he will be con­sid­ered.

Speak to En­nis, though, and NSW of­fi­cials should go after Gould – the state’s most suc­cess­ful Ori­gin coach.

“I’d love to see Phil Gould do it again,” En­nis said of Gould, who won 14 and lost nine in his 24 games as NSW coach from 1992 to 2004.

“I know he has got an enor­mous role out there at Pen­rith, but he has said pre­vi­ously he wouldn’t take it up.

“But if I was the NSW hi­er­ar­chy, I’d be do­ing ev­ery­thing I could try and change his mind.

“If not, cer­tainly Fred­die has had a lot of suc­cess with the City side.”

En­nis is also a big fan of Matt Johns as NSW coach. He be­lieves the for­mer New­cas­tle and Cronulla play­maker turned me­dia man would be per­fect for the Blues with the right team around him.

“For me, if you don’t get Gus, Matty Johns would be great,” he said.

“I’d put Matty in there with guys like Danny Buderus, Craig Fitzgib­bon as well as his brother.

“You see that with the Queens­land side. Kevin is the head coach, but he has sur­rounded him­self with guys that suc­ceeded at that level in Al­fie, Trevor Gillmeis­ter and Steve Wal­ters.”

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