Ricky’s First Wooden Spoon: A Risk to His Position at the Raiders?

Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that any headline ending in a question mark can be answered with the word “no.” Ricky Stuart, the Raiders’ 56-year-old coach, is likely to keep his job for life. Coaches are usually judged on results and performance, with winning or potential promising developments being the main ways to avoid pressure. However, in Stuart’s case, his extensive experience and the belief from fans that he can turn things around are what allow him to keep his position. The article mentions a generational change in both the NRL coaching ranks and the Raiders’ roster, as well as the need for new voices and perspectives in coaching staff. It also highlights the team’s current style of play and attacking approach, which might need to evolve to remain competitive in the modern NRL. Overall, the article suggests that Stuart’s 2024 season may determine whether changes are needed, but his job is likely safe for the time being due to the circumstances of other NRL teams.