Opinion

History not on Bennett's side in return to Brisbane

WAYNE Bennett's imminent return to the Broncos has, unsurprisingly, prompted intense debate.

History tells us that sport coaching comebacks don't usually work. Here's some examples.

Felipe Scolari - The 2002 World Cup-winning coach was brought back as Brazil hosted this year's tournament, only to see his team humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final. Success rating: 2 (at least they reached the semi-finals).

Peter Moores - Moores was sacked as England cricket coach first time round but got a second chance following the Ashes defeat to Australia last summer and Andy Flower's resignation as coach. Since he took over, England has lost a home series to Sri Lanka and trails India 1-0 in the current series. England's senior players in captain Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad are performing as poorly as at any time in their careers and England is on its worst winless streak in 21 years. Success rating: 1 (at least he still has a job).

Joe Gibbs - In his first stint as coach of the Washington Redskins (1981-92) in the US National Football League, Gibbs was one of the most successful mentors in history, winning 68.3 percent of his games. It placed him third on the all-time list behind Vince Lombardi and Joe Madden. He returned for four seasons (2004-07), twice taking the Redskins to the playoffs but also experiencing his two worst seasons. Success rating: 5.

Kenny Dalglish - The Liverpool legend as a player took over as manager in 1985 and led the club to three Division One titles and two FA Cup triumphs in his six seasons in charge. He returned to the top job at the club in 2010. Liverpool won the League Cup in 2012 but eighth place in the Premier League saw him sacked. Success rating: 3.

Bob Dwyer - Dwyer coached the Australian rugby union team in 1982-83 before being sacked in favour of Allan Jones. He gained revenge on Jones by replacing him as Wallabies coach in 1988, guiding them to their first World Cup triumph in 1991. Success rating: 9.

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