SPEAKING OUT: Former New South Wales captain Paul Gallen believes Phil Gould is the best man to turn the Blues camp around.
SPEAKING OUT: Former New South Wales captain Paul Gallen believes Phil Gould is the best man to turn the Blues camp around. Mark Kolbe

Gallen wants Gould back in Origin frame

DESPITE personally copping it between the eyes from Phil Gould for much of his tortured Origin career, ex-NSW skipper Paul Gallen is endorsing the Panthers boss as the man to fix the Blues.

As the fallout from another series loss rumbles on Gould has been the most scathing critic of the state's ill-fated pre-game camps, sensationally declaring the culture fostered under Laurie Daley a "dog's breakfast" and he does not "want any of our (Penrith) players involved in that culture, in that current environment."

A decision on Daley's future will not be finalised until after the NSWRL's full review of the series over the next fortnight.

While chairman George Peponis leads a key board contingent that believes Daley remains "the best man for the job", an overhaul of the coaching staff and set-up will be discussed around advisory roles such as that currently held by Peter Sterling.

Gallen, who bore the brunt of criticism from Gould to the point where his Sharks coach Shane Flanagan dubbed the comments "personal attacks" last season, says there is no better option than the six-time Origin winning coach to lead the Blues rebuild.

"I'd love to see him pick up the phone, ring someone at the (NSWRL)," Gallen said.

"If he really cares about NSW and wants to see them going well, this is NSW's greatest ever time of need for the greatest ever coach, I think he should step up a little bit and help out.

"This is NSW's greatest ever coach. For me if Gus Gould picked up the phone to Laurie Daley or anyone at NSW there, and said this is what I think should happen, this is what I think should change, I'm sure they would listen."

Gallen's endorsement comes after Gould took explicit aim at the "selfish" and "domineering" NSW leadership group during the Cronulla lock's series swan song last year.

 

Paul Gallen has endorsed Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould as the man to fix the New South Wales Blues Origin horror show.
Paul Gallen has endorsed Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould as the man to fix the New South Wales Blues Origin horror show. MICK TSIKAS

Gallen dismissed a number of Gould's recent comments around NSW camps as being made with the benefit of hindsight, and was also coy when asked if he had sought to make peace with Gould over his persistent criticism, saying "I did my best. He wouldn't be a part of it."

In taking aim at a Blues culture that has produced 11 series defeats from 12 attempts, Gould flat out dismissed any chance of returning to Origin as head coach last week.

He was also non-committal in his Six Tackles with Gus podcast on whether he personally would take on an advisory role, but supported the concept in general.

"We're all here to help but I do believe they need a coach or a former coach overseeing the whole program," Gould said.

"For now, they need to revisit the idea of a professional coach overseeing the whole program.

"Craig Bellamy's got the best coaching record in history, so if he is available and wants to do it, then that's a beauty. If Des Hasler's available and wants to do it, that's a beauty."

The NSWRL are conducting their first external review since the 2010 Canavan Report as the role of alcohol in camps, length of pre-game lead-ins and Daley's assistant Matt Parish and other key staff all come under scrutiny.

After just one year in a high profile role as an adviser to Daley, Sterling has made the surprising admission that he is considering giving up the role in 2018 due to the pressure that comes with it.

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