If A-League clubs were NRL coaches

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We all share similarities to one another and it is no different for sporting organisations across multiple codes.

Let us take a look at NRL clubs and coaches, and which A-League outfit they best resemble.

Adelaide United: Michael Maguire (West Tigers)

‘Madge’ is a solid coach, just as Adelaide are a solid club. While he is not afraid of a spray, Maguire’s best qualities are his ability to balance aggression and intent while continuing to improve performances.

Both Carl Veart and Madge are extremely passionate and give everything for their respective clubs.

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Brisbane Roar: Justin Holbrook (Gold Coast Titans)

The Gold Coast Titans and the Roar are the envy of every club, boasting some of the best young talent in the league at their disposal in the sunshine state.

Holbrook and Warren Moon are both new coaches to the top tier and have faith in their youth, giving them ample opportunity to grow. Exciting times are ahead north of the border.

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Central Coast Mariners: Anthony Griffin (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

The re-emergence of the Mariners this season is reminiscence of the Dragons rival under new coach Anthony Griffin.

Both sides have had a lean run over recent years but are back in title contention despite inconsistent parts of the season.

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Macarthur FC: Adam O’Brien (Newcastle Knights)

One of the newer coaches to the NRL, O’Brien looks like he is coaching a first-year club such as Macarthur.

While both sides have got a great list and plenty of potential, there are still many areas of improvement needed.

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Melbourne City: Ivan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)

The Panthers’ boss has got his side sitting slick at the top of the ladder, playing with the same confidence as A-League premiers Melbourne City.

Plus, Cleary is one of the coolest and calmest customers within the NRL coaching ranks, much like the way City go about their business.

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Melbourne Victory: Ricky Stuart (Canberra Raiders)

After some successful seasons in the nation’s capital, Stuart’s Raiders have tumbled much like the powerhouse Melbourne outfit this season.

Victory used to live up to their name but now sit in the cellar, and both sides are more than capable of dragging themselves out of the mess but need to work hard to return to their former glory.

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Newcastle Jets: Trent Barrett (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

Both clubs are alone at the bottom of the table, the Jets often go unnoticed and are becoming increasingly irrelevant, much like the Bulldogs who have lost their way.

While negative headlines have existed for both clubs in recent seasons, Barrett and the Jets are unable to overcome poor results despite showing plenty of potential.

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Perth Glory: Des Hasler (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)

When they are on, they are hot, and when they are off, they are not.

Both teams play a great style of attacking football and are capable to score from anywhere, but struggle for consistency in the ambitions to play finals football.

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Sydney FC: Craig Bellamy (Melbourne Storm)

The super coach and the Storm are exactly like Sydney FC, dominant forces in their respective leagues and find themselves as the most successful.

This leaves everyone a bit jealous, but it’s their hunger and desire which sees them sit at the top of the tree.

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Wellington Phoenix: Todd Payten (North Queensland Cowboys)

Todd Payten is in his first year in charge as the Cowboys, and despite a recent run of good form, is often forgotten about in the Sydney dominated media landscape.

So too are the Nix. Even while the  COVID-19 pandemic has seen Wellington call Wollongong home, they are still often overlooked.

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Western Sydney Wanderers: Nathan Brown (New Zealand Warriors)

A pretty average team, and not that Nathan Brown is no good, he is just an adequate coach trying to find the next gear and take the Warriors to the next step, much like the Wanderers.

He is a ripper bloke, seems like a lot of fun and knows what he is talking about, but his journey to becoming an elite coach will not happen due to his success re-vitalising struggling clubs.

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Western United: Kevin Walters (Brisbane Broncos)

Both parties are extremely passionate, fiercely competitive but have not been able to see much success this year.

Mark Rudan, Besart Berisha and Kevvie give off extremely angry vibes, not handling the heat with how their teams have gone this year.

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.
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