What did Mal Meninga achieve at Canberra as a coach? Seems to be doing ok in charge of the Queensland side though!
There's a big difference between a club coach and coaching an Origin or International team. Meninga didn't do well at club level and maybe his style isn't suited to the type of coaching needed day in day out for players of vastly varying age & ability. At Origin & International you have the elite to work with and its more about managing players & motivation rather than nurturing & developing.
Meninga can take already good players and get them to step up another level again. He puts together game plans that play to the strengths of the individuals he has and doesn't try to implement rigid plans & tactics that force players to play differently to the way they do every week for their clubs. Meninga himself has admitted he is a poor coach but is a bl**dy good man manager.
McBanana was a poor club coach (the results were there for all to see) and he's so far failed to show any indication that he has the ability to take the best the British game has to offer and get them to step up to the next level. Instead of playing to individuals strenghts he seems to set out with a specific game plan and then forces players to change to fit in with that.
For mine, McBanana was a poor choice as national coach. He doesn't appear to have the motivational skills needed to get the best out of individuals, the technical skills to put together game plans that fit with the players he has available, or the experience to recognise where he's getting it wrong.