Almost there: Wayne Bennett after Canberra’s grand final loss in 1987. Photo: Supplied
Interim Raiders coach Andrew Dunemann will have the next three weeks to press his claims for the full-time job next year, but there's no shortage of Canberra greats to replace David Furner.
Premiership-winning legends Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley and Ricky Stuart are among the production line of former Raiders who have gone on to carve out successful coaching careers.
After going 19 years since the club's third and most recent title, the Raiders will be prepared to go all out to return the Green Machine to its glory days.
Proven track record: Tim Sheens. Photo: Getty Images
However, Dunemann has the inside running after making a strong impression during his two years at the club.
He has been installed as a $2 favourite with Centrebet, ahead of Melbourne Storm assistant Kevin Walters ($3.50) and NSW Country coach Trent Barrett ($7).
The 37-year-old's immediate focus is trying to conjure a miracle and guiding the Raiders to the finals, starting with Sunday's clash with Manly at Canberra Stadium.
Looking for a new gig: Neil Henry. Photo: Glen McCurtayne
The North Queensland Cowboys have already taken notice of Dunemann's potential and have interviewed him as the replacement for Neil Henry.
Dunemann, who played 250 top-grade games with seven different clubs, including the Raiders and Cowboys, guided the Raiders' under-20s team to the National Youth Competition final last year, earning a promotion as an assistant coach under Furner this year.
Walters has also learnt from one of the best in the business in Craig Bellamy and played a pivotal role in Canberra's 1989 premiership.
Plenty of ambition: Kevin Walters. Photo: Steve Holland
Henry would be a bold choice for an encore. While he had two good years with the Raiders in 2007-2008, taking the team to a qualifying final in his final game, he activated an obscure get-out clause so he could leave the club.
Barrett's lack of a Raiders background works against him, but the former Dragons five-eighth has earned plaudits for his work with the Country side.
Meninga hardly set the world on fire in his five-year stint with the Raiders from 1997 to 2001 where he had a 53 per cent winning record, but has gone a perfect eight from eight in the State of Origin arena with Queensland.
Little maestro: Ricky Stuart. Photo: Tim Clayton
He is expected to coach the Maroons again next year, while Daley has another year to run on his contract with the NSW Blues.
Stuart has endured a miserable first season with wooden spooners Parramatta.
A blast from the past could be Kangaroos mentor Tim Sheens, the sacked Wests Tigers coach who guided the Raiders to their three premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1994.
Legend in lime green: Laurie Daley in 1996. Photo: Craig Golding
Sheens has been linked with the Dragons as a possible replacement for Steve Price.
Perhaps the longest shot of them all would be Wayne Bennett, who took the Raiders to their first grand final in 1987.