Fisher’s job not dependant on a place in the final

Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher could retain his job even if his charges fail to reach the final, according to chief executive Andrew Fagan.

Fisher took over for the 2006 season from David Nucifora but has failed to get his team to the finals in that time. His contract however along with his two assistants Nick Scrivener and Matt O’Connor – and 15 players – come off contract at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

Strangely though Fisher has a better winning percentage than his two predecessors Eddie Jones and Nucifora.

Fisher is hoping that Brumbies management will judge him on overall results when opening contract negotiations at the end of the season.

“Yes, results are important and the bottom line is coaches are judged on results and the facts are we’ve failed to make the finals the past three seasons while I’ve been in charge,” Fisher told the Canberra Times.

“But I think what else is very important is recruitment, attitude, improvement and player satisfaction.


From the team to the coaching staff, we’ve all continued to progress each year and if ever I thought we were no longer progressing as a unit, that’s when I’d sit back and know my time was up and that I couldn’t provide any more to the organisation but I don’t feel as if I’m at that stage yet.”


Fisher also said that he had informed chief executive Fagan that he would refrain from requesting any form of contract negotiations to begin until the completion of the season.

Fagan however says that coaches contract negotiations would potentially begin during the season but no decision would be made until mid-May at the earliest, when the Super 14 regular-season finishes.

He indicated a finals berth this year wouldn’t solely seal Fisher’s fate but that success was of definite importance to the organisation.

“Ultimately number one is winning games, making the finals and winning championships – that’s how we measure ourselves as individuals within the organisation,” Fagan said.

“But we also look at things such as player development, the coach’s ability to recruit players here to play underneath him, the graduation of players into the Wallabies ranks and our winning percentage, which has been consistent and strong under Laurie.”

The Brumbies say that when it comes to the 15 players coming off contract they will concentrate on their Wallaby players first before looking at signing the rest of the squad.

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