I don't think using nz as an example is great, there home now and still not winning with a side twice the cost of Cairns. You can hate all you like, but Kelly did a great job with what was available to him, most of his team are one way checkers.
I didn't say NZ were winners, I said they managed to stay off the bottom even with not having home games until their season was over, losing Abercrombie, having Loe bail lose his adult composure and bail on them.
I'm interested in the suggestion that Kelley did a 'great job' with a records of 6-22 and 8-27, what would be considered a poor coaching job?
He could score, but he was close to the worst defensive guard in the league. Teams with the best defensive guards are generally there at the pointy end.
I don't expect Kelly to win it all with Trimble but its not like he didn't have the horses to be off the bottom.
They were never going to be up to it this season with their roster regardless of who coached them.
What do you mean by 'up to it'? They had the best import duo before the season started, I would take a Machado (NBL first team) and Oliver (NBL second team) over ANY import duos at the beginning of the season including Cotton plus unproven Mooney. They haven't lost any significant talent that no one else has.
Cairns lost Newbill, OK thats a big loss, but the core was still there.
Adelaide lost Griffin, Randle, Drmic, Obi and Froling...and we still managed to keep off the canvas.
What killed their W/L record, and probably Kelly's fate, is how they kept losing games by close margins early in the season. They must've lost 7 or 8 games by 5 points or less in the first half of the season.
That is purely on Kelly, he has been gifted 2 of the most talented players and a good closer in Machado.
I wish people who stop making excuses for Kelly.