Phil Gould is often referred to by Denis Carnahan as the man who thinks he invented rugby league.
Across a career spanning close to five decades Gould has gone from player, to coach, to administrator and media pundit.
Gould often draws criticism for his polarising viewpoints, this columnist is no exception.
And while his opinions on referees, the administration and rules can be tiring and seemingly out of touch at times, Gould remains one of the foremost voice when it comes to coaching.
A successful club and Origin coach, Gould is still widely regarded for his insight into the way the game is played.
Following Parramatta's disastrous 2018 season, Eels coach Brad Arthur spoke with Gould.
Brad came to see me after the season where they ran last. I’ve never seen a more dejected man. But he had a determination about him that wouldn’t be denied. I was very confident about him. I simply told him he was on the right track and he wasn’t far away. He’s done a great job. https://t.co/Ryj8Bglpk5— PhilGould15 (@PhilGould15) June 4, 2020
Gould said the club identified many of its issues from 2018 and changed them without ripping the soul from the club. The Eels had faced enough turmoil in the decade since Brian Smith left that tearing everything down to start again could well have resulted in yet more pain.
They fixed their issues. They fixed recruitment and development. They removed some problems. They didn’t throw everything out because not everything was broken. It just hadn’t kicked in yet. Sometimes you are closer than you think. https://t.co/kEbs1Fhciq— PhilGould15 (@PhilGould15) June 4, 2020