Maloney on BSB this morning seemed to indicate that the players weren’t really involved in this, which is a concern to me. To sack a coach four weeks out from finals, you’d think it’d be a last resort option - the club’s stuck with Hook all year, why do it now unless the players themselves have said “this isn’t working and we want to try something else”?
I don’t like that this is becoming habit for the club. Cleary was sacked pretty unceremoniously, and now Griffin too. We’re going to struggle to find coaches who want to come to Penrith in the future if we keep this up. (In saying that, supposedly there were 12 applicants overnight?)
Gould has said that we’ve approached two current NRL coaches. Cleary seems to be the name being thrown around the most, though that could just be because of Nathan. I don’t think building the entire club around just the Clearys is the right way to go about it. It’d also be bizarre for him to leave the Tigers, with two years left on his contract, in the middle of a rebuild, to come back to a club that dumped him. Must really want to coach his son.
The other name we’ve been hearing a lot is Bennett. I don’t know if Wayne is the right man to get the best out of our squad either. Someone younger and fresher probably suits the squad better.
Bizarre situation and questionable timing. We’ll see if it pays off on Saturday against the Titans - if we come out strong in the first half and keep it up for the whole game then I’ll take that as pretty solid evidence that this is the boost the team needed. If we have another 60 minutes of frustration followed by 20 minutes of throwing the ball around that manages to get us the win again then I think we’ll all be wondering - what exactly was the point?