The short term job as Cronulla NRL coach doesn’t appeal to NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley, according to his manager.
A short-term gig as Cronulla’s NRL coach doesn’t appeal to NSW Blues mentor Laurie Daley, according to his manger.
James Shepherd has acted as caretaker coach of the Sharks for their last two games following Peter Sharp’s decision to quit.
Sharp was appointed coach for this season while Shane Flanagan served a suspension.
Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh said on Sunday the Sharks wouldn’t mind having a chat to Daley about doing the job for the remainder of 2014.
Keogh acknowledged the names of former St George Illawarra head coach Steve Price and current Canberra assistant Brett Kimmorley had been mentioned as possibilities to fill the post.
The Sharks, who are bottom of the ladder with just four wins from 16 games, could decide to stick with Shepherd.
Cronulla have gone 1-1 under his stewardship and Shepherd said he would be happy to continue doing the job.
Daley enhanced his coaching credentials by leading the Blues to a drought-braking 2-1 State of Origin series win over Queensland.
His manager Steve Gillis told AAP on Monday he hadn’t had direct discussions with Cronulla.
“If they are keen, I don’t know anything about it; neither does Laurie,” Gillis told AAP.
However, Gillis stressed Daley still had commitments to the NSWRL following the Origin series and was then probably more inclined to take some time off in the coming weeks.
“Whilst it would quiten a little bit, he’s still got plenty on his plate and plenty to do,” Gillis said.
“Laurie is probably going to wind down a bit in the next couple of months.
“He’s due some time off, he’s been flat out and it’s very draining the Origin.
“He’s got some work there next week he’s got to get into, but it (the Cronulla post) is not something that appeals to him at this stage.”
Gillis pointed out there was no guarantee the NSWRL would release Daley even if he showed interest in the Sharks job.
“If he did want to explore it, he’d certainly need clearance from them,” Gillis said.
“I’m not even sure if he wanted to do it, he’d be allowed to.”
The NSWRL have shown in the past they would not stand in someone’s way if a club post came up.
Daley’s predecessor at the Blues, Ricky Stuart, was released from the final year of his contract to take the Parramatta position.
Cronulla chief executive officer Steve Noyce stressed the club wasn’t rushing to make a decision.
“We’ve got a very quick back-up on Friday night, so we’ll just focus on business as usual and getting ready for that one,” Noyce said, referring to the home game against North Queensland.
“I think the focus on timing is more external than internal.
“We’ll just work through those things and give them the appropriate consideration it needs rather than just rush out and make a decision for decision’s sake.”