Origin coach Laurie Daley and radio king Ray Hadley have clashed over the latter’s estranged wife’s new relationship.
News Ltd reports NSW Blues coach Daley has accused the powerful radio broadcasting of “unsettling our entire campaign” ahead of next Tuesday’s announcement of the Blues team for Origin 1.
Hadley’s estranged wife Suzanne is reportedly in a relationship with Blues assistant coach Matt Parish.
Daley said Hadley was “attempting to exert his influence and power to have Parish disciplined or stood down”.
Hadley appeared on ABC’s Media Watch this week, with the program raising claims he influenced his close associate, The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Whittaker to pull a story about his marriage breakdown and Parish.
He told Fairfax: “Obviously you have a private life and I don’t discuss your private life either on my program or away from my program. I’ll be making no comment.”
Hadley this morning told his 2GB radio show all he was trying to do was “get some dignity from a very undignified situation”.
He had been married to Suzanne for more than 20 years.
“I’ve never be one to be overwhelmed by things, but this year has provided me with no doubt my biggest personal challenge,” Hadley said.
“At times I’ve felt like staying in bed and not coming here [to 2GB]. Some mates have suggested, ‘Maybe, son, you’d better talk to someone, you might need some help’.”
News Ltd reported Hadley went as far as to raise Parish in a telephone conversation with NSWRL CEO David Trodden last week.
Daley has continued to back his assistant coach