Ivan Cleary is a courageous man. Not solely is he now the least well-liked individual at Leichhardt since Ian Roberts mugged Garry Jack in 1991 however he is taken on the added problem of teaching his son at Penrith from subsequent season. For 5 years.
Being answerable for an NRL crew is tough sufficient. Followers and directors need leads to a rush, there’s the wage cap to juggle, common scandals to navigate and as Cleary properly is aware of, the panorama can shift beneath your ft in a rush.
So as to add to the diploma of problem, he can be accountable for the fortunes of son Nathan, the gifted Panthers and NSW halfback. In addition they dwell collectively. No person has an instruction leaflet for this one. Or do they?
Fortune has smiled on the Cleary clan, for Sport Australia has a useful truth sheet for exactly such an event. It is filled with useful hints for folks who coach their kids, itemizing a few of the benefits and downsides of what’s clearly a fragile situation. First, the excellent news.
Nathan won’t ever be late for coaching: When your previous man is the coach, there’s all the time the possibility of a raise to the bottom. You might need to get there early to assist arrange the cones and put some air in a few Steedens however that is a small value to pay for being probably the most punctual man in your complete squad. Massive brownie factors.