Freddy the fixer a phenomenon

By TODD BALYM

FORMER ARL chief executive John Quayle says Sydney Roosters caretaker coach Brad Fittler is personally responsible for the biggest league turnaround he's seen in 20 years.

He also believes the NRL club is on the right path if it's considering installing him in the head coaching position with a mentor to assist him early on in his steep career climb.

Fittler is seeking the head coach role at the Roosters from next season, having turned the club's lamentable form around with three wins and a thrilling draw from his four games in charge.

Roosters management are understood to be hesitant to throw the inexperienced Fittler into the head role by himself and are considering employing somebody to oversee the club legend's position and offer guidance.

Quayle, who started his football career at the Roosters, is amazed at the remarkable turnaround Fittler has produced at the Bondi club.

"Brad has been just incredible," said Quayle.

"I'm trying to think about a coach in my last 20 years that has had a turnaround in such a short period of time with a personality like that.

"I don't think we've seen one in a long time.

"We've seen an incredible time. (But) if Brad had all of a sudden had three losses it would be different. He agreed with the board was right to be cautious and consider the mentor option.



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