In the eyes of many, it was a move that had to be made after yet another series loss for New South Wales with Laurie Daley given the flick as NSW coach.
The decision was made by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) after it announced its 2017 review that will result in an organisational overhaul and restructure.
NSWRL Chairman George Peponis released a statement on the decision made.
“I have spoken with Laurie and he understands the decision. He is obviously disappointed but he has enjoyed the journey and appreciated the opportunity,” said Dr Peponis.
“Obviously, we thank Laurie for the significant contribution he has made over the past five years.”
The NSWRL praised the efforts of Daley in what have been some turbulent times for the NSW side.
“He is a legend of the game and has done a tremendous job. He is the only New South Wales coach in the past 12 years who has won a State of Origin Series,” continued Peponis.
“We felt it was time to make a change. All aspects of the business will be looked at from coaching staff to team operations and personnel.”
As for Daley himself, he understands that the NRL coaching world is now a result driven business but despite the fact that he is no longer NSW coach, he will continue supporting them.
“I’ve enjoyed my time working for New South Wales Rugby League.
“I understand that the business is results-driven and I respect the decision of the Board to go in another direction.
“I will always support New South Wales and I wish their team and their coach every success in the future.”