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    Noakes out as NSW decide to play it safe

    31/01/2019 - Author: admin - Comments are closed

    NSW Rugby League has axed Mark Noakes as Blues trainer following a four-hour board meeting on Wednesday.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Noakes was told in December he would be a part of Laurie Daley’s coaching staff and, until Wednesday, some powerbrokers still wanted him to be part of the campaign for the coming series. However, the directors agreed to go in a different direction when they rubber-stamped their staff before the first game at ANZ Stadium on June 5.

    ”There was a feeling that it would be best not to have him involved while there is a cloud hanging over him and Cronulla,” a source said. ”That’s not casting any aspersions on him, but it would be the responsible thing to do at the moment. There might be an opportunity for him to rejoin the fold down the track.”

    Noakes was one of four Cronulla staff sacked along with team doctor David Givney, football manager Darren Mooney and physiotherapist Konrad Schultz following ASADA’s investigations. They say they have done nothing wrong. Noakes said he was a victim of unfair dismissal and was recently in the Industrial Relations Court for a mediation hearing. The others have been viewing his situation as a test case.

    Noakes, who has been part of NSW’s coaching staff since Ricky Stuart took over in 2011, was under the impression he would still be involved in the series.

    ”I’ve done nothing wrong and hopefully Cronulla will see that when this is all cleared,” he said in a recent interview. ”To know I’m still wanted at Origin level is a huge boost for me. It’s a silver lining and it’s fantastic to see they stuck by me through everything … and I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t. When I was sacked by Cronulla, I still had Origin in the back of my mind. I just wasn’t sure how it would work.”

    Givney will be replaced by Dr Nathan Gibbs on Daley’s staff, although that decision was not related to the drama at the Sharks. It is understood the Blues wanted to appoint a medico without any club affiliations. However, Givney was dropped from the Kangaroos staff for the Anzac Test against New Zealand in Canberra because of the ASADA issues.

    The rest of the Blues staff will be largely unchanged from their previous campaign.

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