New boss has big plans to transform national side's fortunes
Last Updated: 22/04/10 9:48am
New England rugby league coach Steve McNamara intends to leave no stone unturned as he bids to end the southern hemisphere's dominance of the global game.
"If we are about to go and beat these people, we have to know everything about them - the personnel, the systems, the way they train and the types of things they do. I think this job will enable me to go and do that."
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England (previously Great Brirtain) have not won the World Cup for nearly 40 years and watched New Zealand lift the trophy in Australia in 2008.
England have also failed to win the Tri Nations or Four Nations since that tournament began in 1999 and have not won an Ashes series since 1970.
Apart from the occasional one-off success against the Kangaroos, it has been a litany of disappointment for British rugby league fans and McNamara is determined to do his best to change that.
"We probably need to do a little better in terms of our reconnaisance and our research," he told Sky Sports News. "A lot of good things do come from Australia and New Zealand.
"I am not saying all the good things come from across there, but if we are about to go and beat these people, we have to know everything about them - the personnel, the systems, the way they train and the types of things they do. I think this job will enable me to go and do that."
"I've got a whole lot of ideas," he added. "I've got the advantage of seeing the things that weren't quite right and we can make sure we don't make the same mistakes twice.
"There are some specific things we need to do to make sure we catch up. Everybody would like more time with the players but it's what you do with the players.
"The mental side of things is a huge area for us and I've some ideas related to that. There are some real basic things that haven't been done that can make a difference."
McNamara, who admits it will be next year before he will be able to put all his ideas into practice, spoke to former Manchester City boss Pearce on the difficulties of moving from the club scene to international level.
"I researched a few people and Stuart Pearce was great. I met him at Doncaster when the Under-21s played Greece and spent a couple of hours with him. I asked him how he went from day-to-day at Manchester City into that full-time environment and he came up with some very good ideas."
The appointment of veteran Australian coach Brian Smith to his coaching team is also integral to McNamara's plans. Smith will provide him with feedback on the "opposition" in the National Rugby League.
"There are areas I definitely know we can improve on and this is one of them," said McNamara. "You wouldn't go to war and jump out of an aeroplane without doing any reconnaissance and we need people on the ground to give us all the information to make sure our squad is meticulously prepared.
"It's turning more stones over. We've left too many unturned in the past."
While Smith will act as his eyes and ears up to October, McNamara intends to spend time in Australia from next year, studying at first hand the tactics and coaching methods of his NRL counterparts.
"I need to be at the cutting edge of everything that is happening in world rugby league," he said.
"Previous coaches have found it difficult to sit on the sidelines for 12 months and then put their coaching hat on and get out there and coach the team.
"The game moves and changes that quickly that you can quite quickly feel left behind. I will be coaching Bradford Bulls to the end of the season and then I will have opportunities to travel.