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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.

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