FROM THE EDITOR
Sports coaches in the modern era are often as famous as their players. All Black coaches Graham Henry and Steve Hanson are nearly as recognisable as the Prime Minister. Wayne Bennett, Craig Bellamy, Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley are huge identities as rugby league coaches. Waimarama Taumaunu was the face of netball until she stood down as Silver Ferns coach last year.
The managers (which is what coaches are called in football) in the English Premier League are massive figures – Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City are endlessly pursued by the British media.
With the high profile comes pressure. Football managers are routinely sacked. Sports Talk on page 46 deals with the case of Louis van Gaal, sacked as Manchester United coach within hours of winning the FA Cup. His case is a salutary reminder of the downside of being a professional sports coach.