Two years ago
Homicide : Fearne is the man to coach Taipans.
There are 2 articles, both suggesting Fearne is the best man for the job as this is a contract year for him.
This one by Homocide.
This one by Samuel Davis.
Here is one rationale from Homocide.
"Can you name a team in this league that loses a star dominant centre like Nate Jawai and import three man like Michael Carrera at the start of the season and still has a chance to make the finals?
No, you cannot."
Yes....I can. United have lost several players of value to the team for a significant span of time, namely, Goulding, Majok, Andersen, Prather (likely gone for the season). Guess what....United are not only 'a chance to make the finals' but are #1.
I think Fearne is a good coach and overall his tenure at the Taipans has been positive especially with 2 GF appearances.
However, I think Fearne's ceiling is just the playoffs. His teams score too little and shoot too poorly to actually win a championship. Eg. They were the hottest team at the end of the last regular season, yet were embarassingly swept by the Wildcats who have a poor record in Cairns.
Fearne has made good import choices like Wilbekin and Craig, but also a good selection on the other end of the spectrum Egwu, Fuquan Edwin, Carerra, Jerry Evens Jr.
It's bird in the hand worth two in the bush situation. I think Fearne is worth contracting again but to win it all I don't think he can provide that. But its a risk to go away from a known quality.