What is the problem you ask, well you only had to watch tonights
game involving Saints and Oldham to get a rough idea.
Now I don't know about any of you but I consider any fully professional
side which concedes 50 odd points on it's own ground (whether it be
a switched venue or not) as being nothing more than a disgrace.
If I was an Oldham spectator I would feel not only humiliated but
disgusted and cheated.
Lets face it Saints weren't that good, in my opinion we were
pretty average but for a side to just roll over and capitulate in the
second half was criminal to say the least.
It's not as if Oldham are a bad side either, they have got a good,
settled half-back comination, their pack is probably one of the
toughest in the league and they have some usefull players in the backs
such as Atcheson and Belle.
Nope you can't use the excuse that Oldham are a bad side but I would
certainly make the accusation that they are a badly coached side.
Andy Goodway as has been mentioned in previous postings in this
newsgroup made a lot of noises in the centenary season when he was
accused of not fielding his strongest side from week to week. In his
opinion last season was simply a training run and he effectively
treated it as such.
Well after all this so-called preparation what has been the result
for the clubs fortunes - nothing has changed, IMO they have got worse.
I went to Watersheddings last season and watched Saints demolish the
Roughyeds with only 12 men on the field. Tonight the Saints didn't
play as well as they did previously and yet they still managed to
score 54 points.
I am afraid that Andy Goodway simply isn't good enough, granted he
was a world class player in his day but when are these clubs going
to realise that top class players rarely if ever make good coaches.
One only has to look to Headingley for further proof of this theory.
World class rugby players are adept in the areas of speed, strength
and co-ordination but none of these assets count for anything when
you are put in charge of a rugby league side.
Oldham and a lot of other teams in the Superleague could solve a hell
of a lot of their problems if they concentrated more on good coaching
practices rather than flittering their money away on players which
they don't need because they already have all the talent which they
require playing right under their noses.
How much longer are the fans of Oldham and all those other clubs going
to suffer before somebody realises this?
Lets just hope that they still have some fans left when somebody does!
P.S. Anybody hear about all those Rugby Union fans who forked out
3000 pounds each to aid in the re-bulidng of Twickenham?
Apparantely they were all promised first refusal on tickets for
international matches for the next ten years. Well now that England
have been thrown out of the Five Nations these people are feeling
more than a little pissed off, especially as the RU say there is no
chance of them getting their money back.
Who says Rugby League holds a monopoly on administrative***-ups :)
Geff Foster |"The Zone
St. Helens, Merseyside | of it's own"