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The coaching merry-go-round - NRL Daily

After less than one season as Warriors head coach Brian McClennan and the Warriors have parted ways, making him the second coach to depart from the top job this season. 

Tonight on NRL Daily host John Gibbs is joined by rugby league stats guru David Middleton and Rugby League Week editor Mitchell Dale to debate the big topics of the week in our weekly ‘Voice of Reason’ segment.

Everyone knows NRL coaching is a risky business, the question is which coach will be next to go?

“Coaches like teams go through cycles,” says Gibbs. “I don’t like the chances of the coach who ends up runners up this year because if you have a look back over the past couple of years the team that has come runners up doesn’t do to well the next year – 2009 Eels, 2010 Roosters, and the 2011 Warriors.”

Mitchell Dale believes all current coaches will be safe till the end of the season, but highlights the Roosters as the club most likely.

“There are always rumours that Brian Smith is on the knife’s edge at the Roosters,” says Dale. "Their history of being ruthless in punting coaches would probably have him a touch nervous. “

David Middleton agrees Brian Smith is vulnerable and also considers Steve Price in the same boat, but believes both will survive into 2012.

Which coach do you think is most vulnerable in their current position? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @NRL_Daily.

Also on tonight’s show we take a look at the ins and outs of rugby league's most lucrative television broadcast deal ever and debate the appointment of Laurie Daley as the NSW Blues coach.

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