NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler says the staff Trent Barrett can flank himself with at the Bulldogs will determine how successful his tenure ultimately is at the club.
Barrett is the club’s top target to replace the recently-departed Dean Pay, with the Bulldogs understood to be eyeing a three-year deal for the Panthers assistant.
The 42-year-old already possesses NRL coaching experience after his 72-game tenure at Manly between 2016 and 2018, and Fittler explained the most important aspect of his next senior coaching job.
“The biggest part is taking the people he trusts,” Fittler told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio.
“One of the biggest parts of coaching is getting the staff there that you know and you trust and that’s the best way you’re going to get the best out of the players.
“It will be interesting to see who he gets with him. That will be the most important things about his chances going into the future. The coaching staff is so important (in order to) compliment his style.
“He’s obviously doing some great things at Penrith because apparently he’s in charge of the attack and they scored 50 points on the weekend.”
Speaking on Pay’s immediate split from the Bulldogs, Fittler said that the club had underachieved under Pay’s guidance this season.
“At times I’ve seen the team they’ve put out and I’m sure they could have done better,” he said.
“The reality is that is just the job. The fact is they’ve only won one game this year and given you’ve got any roster, you should be able to muster up something more than that.
“I’m sure he’ll have a bright future in whatever he does, but it’s the nature of the beast if you’re not winning. He’s now the second coach already gone mid-season.”