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Craig Bellamy insists Billy Slater does NOT need to complete a coaching apprenticeship

Craig Bellamy insists Billy Slater does NOT need coaching training before taking on NRL gig as Melbourne super coach backs Storm, great for becoming a ‘huge success’ in the hot seat

  • Craig Bellamy Backed Billy Slater To Be A ‘Big Success’ As A Coach
  • Slater has yet to complete a spell as an assistant, as many coaches have done
  • But Bellamy says the Melbourne great doesn’t have to go that route
  • Slater will coach Queensland in this year’s State of Origin series

Craig Bellamy will stop endorsing Billy Slater as his successor but says the former star fullback will not need to complete an apprenticeship before becoming an NRL head coach.

Bellamy has yet to decide whether 2022 will be his last as Storm coach before moving into a coaching role at the club.

Slater, who will be the Queensland State of Origin coach this year, has been touted as a replacement.

Craig Bellamy says Billy Slater will be a 'huge success' if he decides to coach

Craig Bellamy says Billy Slater will be a ‘huge success’ if he decides to coach

Despite not having an internship as an assistant coach like Bellamy and most other coaches in the NRL, Slater has the points on the board, Bellamy says.

The 38-year-old made 319 appearances for Melbourne, wore the Maroon jersey 31 times and played for Australia in 30 Tests.

Slater still works regularly with the club and was on the pitch to warm up the team for last Sunday’s game against Canterbury.

“I think it’s different circumstances for different people,” Bellamy said of Slater who was an assistant coach before.

“For me, I probably felt like it was probably a good thing for me because that’s the kind of person I am and the way I do things and deal with things.

Bellamy has yet to make a decision about his future with reports suggesting he will leave the Storm in late 2022

Bellamy has yet to make a decision about his future with reports suggesting he will leave the Storm in late 2022

Slater will coach Queensland but he has been tipped to succeed the supercoach next year

Slater will coach Queensland but he has been tipped to succeed the supercoach next year

“For Bill, because he’s been in the game for so long and has been such a great player and plays a lot of rep footy under a lot of coaches, he probably wouldn’t need as long as most people in terms of the internship.

“He starts in a different role at Origin this year, so it would be interesting to see how he handles and enjoys it.

“It’ll be something for Bill to decide, but I’m sure if he wants to go that way, he’ll be a huge success.”

Bellamy said that despite the working relationship he would have with his replacement, he would have no say in who takes on the day-to-day role in Melbourne while the board makes that decision.

“That won’t be my choice,” he said.

‘If the board wants my advice, they will certainly ask, but that’s not in my job description to appoint the new coach, that’s up to the board.’

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