Phil Gould AM

Rugby league broadcaster and legendary coach

Phil Gould is known as the most successful NSW State of Origin coach in history with four series wins between 1992 and 1996 and two series win on returning to the coaching position between 2002 and 2004. These days he is a highly respected Channel Nine football commentator, a league columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and one of the country’s most innovative, entertaining and effective motivational speakers.

As well as appearing on The Sunday Footy Show and The Sunday Roast, Phil is the expert commentator on Monday Night Football on Triple M radio.

In 2011, Phil became involved with the Penrith Panthers Club once again as it faced enormous salary cap and financial pressures. As Executive General Manager, he has helped to orchestrate a complete turnaround at the club, both on and off the field.

Phil Gould played first grade rugby league from 1976 to 1986. He was Penrith’s youngest ever first grade captain at just 20 years of age.

In 1987, aged 30, Phil turned his hand to coaching and led the Canterbury Bulldogs to the 1988 Premiership. He became the youngest coach in the history of the game to do so and was Dally M Coach of the Year in 1988.

Phil quickly made his mark as a tactically brilliant and professional coach, cementing his reputation with consecutive grand finals at Penrith, culminating in that club’s first ever Premiership success in 1991.

Phil then coached the NSW State of Origin Rugby League team, which successfully defeated Queensland in the 1992, 1993 and 1994 State of Origin series. After a period as coach of the Sydney City Roosters, Phil returned to become coach of the NSW team from 2002 to 2004.

Phil was appointed the Director of Coaching at the Sydney Roosters Football Club from 2003 to 2005 with the club appearing in three consecutive Grand Finals during that time.

He won the TV Week Logie Award for ‘Most Popular Sporting Commentator’ in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also managed to win the TV Fugly Award for ‘Most Biased Sporting Commentator’ in those same four years.

In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Phil Gould was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for ‘significant service to rugby league football as an administrator, commentator, coach and player, and to the community’. He was also recognised for making an extraordinary difference to the welfare of children, young people and families, especially in the place he loves so much-Western Sydney.

Whether in business or sport Phil identifies leadership, communication, honesty in self appraisal, team work, attitude and attitude control as major keys to success.

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