The new rugby league season is just around the corner and already excitement is building about what could come in 2023 both in Super League and the NRL.
One of the things fans often speculate about is which coaches are under the most pressure heading into the new campaign.
This is something Fox League have done a deep dive on today looking at which coaches could be in peril as the 2023 NRL season begins.
They branded Super League winning coach Justin Holbrook at Gold Coast Titans as being in “the last chance saloon” as we head into 2023 despite the success he had with St Helens in Super League.
However, another former Super League boss is seen as “safe as houses” by Fox League.
They claim that new Wests Tigers boss and former Hull KR coach Tim Sheens is very secure in his position with the club despite some of the huge calls he has made like letting go of former Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors halfback Jackson Hastings and wanting to pay $250,000 for Wigan star John Bateman.
If these calls back fire you’d think there would be pressure, but apparently not.
They said, “Sheens won’t be sacked in the next two years.”
Meanwhile, they also believe former Wakefield Trinity star Jason Demetriou isn’t going anywhere after a strong first year with South Sydney Rabbitohs and now joined by the brilliant Sam Burgess.
They said: “Very few coaches have found success in the wake of super coach Wayne Bennett leaving a club, but Demetriou found a way to break the curse this year.
“Demetriou went into his rookie season with an unproven halfback in the Lachlan Ilias following the ugly exit of veteran Adam Reynolds.
“But Souths still made it to a fifth straight preliminary final after impressive wins in the finals against the Roosters and Sharks.
“Demetriou is on the cusp of re-signing stars Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Damien Cook and if he lands all three the coach’s future is safe.”