Mick Potter: Reasonable coach, excellent fellow



  • http://www.theroar.com.au/2013/05/27/mick-potter-reasonable-coach-excellent-fellow/

    By Dane25, 27 May 2013 Dane25 is a Roar Guru

    The Wests Tigers faithful are rejoicing in the fact that their team has finally located a pulse. It may be waterlogged, but it’s beating.

    The process wasn’t pretty, but on Friday night at Leichhardt Oval they eventually emerged from the mud wrestle on top of the Cowboys in a sodden contest that involved some fortuitous video decisions.

    It was a soggy win in front of a handful of the hardy that temporarily brought to a close a nightmare seven week period for the Tigers and, as one of those friendly clubs that is hard to dislike, I’m happy for the team to enjoy a win or two while ever it remains in a non-threatening position miles out of the top eight.

    As a person with no emotional attachment to the club whatsoever, my opinion is in no way influenced by their recent stint of mediocrity, nor am I under any obligation to not turn a one-win molehill into a mountain.

    That’s why I’m going to revel in the heat of the moment and heap unlikely credit on coach Mick Potter.

    This man with the softly spoken disposition of a cinder block has been downright dogged in the eye of a raging cloudburst of crap so far in 2013.

    From the start, the double Dally M Medallist was always going to taste the whip by taking the job at Wests.

    He was flick-passed a plundered playing group from Tim Sheens, and with the low exchange rate on credibility for Super League success in trade with the Australian game, public patience was always going to be thin.

    Over the course of a so-far forgettable campaign, where most things have gone south, not once has the new boss really lost his rag.

    Not a mope, finger-point, buck-pass or media meltdown. At least in the public forum anyway.

    It’s a super effort from the new guy, considering the assembly of projectiles flying in his direction that would’ve given him grace to catapult his toys from the cot, a la Des Hasler.

    He’s had a team list violated by injury, a dysfunctional board hamstrung by factionalism above him and an inherited roster low on depth and top heavy with some wealthy underperformers.

    Add to that a procession of horrific beltings, and you can see why it’s amazing he hasn’t walked in to Concord Oval for a Monday debrief and just gone postal.

    As each record-setting pasting unfolded in front of his eyes, not once did Potter pick up the coach’s manual and turn to Ricky Stuart’s foreword or the 560-page chapter on referee evaluation by Geoff Toovey.

    No way. He just copped the chinning on the iron jaw of his stony-face and got on with the job of preparing his undermanned team to be lapped the following week.

    Sure, he might have blotted his copybook once with the wee boo-boo of benching Benji Marshall. Apart from inspiring the fine ‘Benchy’ headline, it wasn’t an acutely shrewd move, but hey, who hasn’t pissed off the boss at work before themselves?

    As the stupor of his folly set in, he never offered any sugar-coating of the situation, and when the move eventually combusted in his face, he owned up to his error and crumbled to Beau Ryan’s badgering by immediately reinstating the skipper to the starting line-up.

    Potter’s perpetual state of steely composure in 2013 is admirable and many others would’ve crumbled by now with a hole in the coaches box fibro.

    His stoic nature is comparable to his playing days, where he was an unflappable fullback who was repeatedly bashed under the high ball, a torturous exercise akin to the majority of his press conferences this year.

    I admit he might not have shown himself to be one of rugby league’s great coaches yet. But you can’t deny, if there was a bonus point system for exemplary behaviour and commendable conduct, the Tigers would have a few more in the bank thanks to Potter’s gentlemanly coolness, and an extra half a point for Steve Humphreys’ decision to give himself the arse.

    Well may he be given a sustained run at the head coaching role at Wests, free of board room assurances, impatient fans and – maybe if he’s lucky – Adam Blair.



  • good article



  • The above post makes a lot of valid points. Okay its written in a humorous style, but you have to admire the way Potter has held himself together over the past few months.

    I think its way to early to make any calls on his coaching ability as really we have not seen any game plans , tactics or even set moves that could be attributed to him, but what we have seen is a calm,tough,unflappable style of person and they are great qualities for a NRL coach



  • @supercoach:

    The above post makes a lot of valid points. Okay its written in a humorous style, but you have to admire the way Potter has held himself together over the past few months.

    I think its way to early to make any calls on his coaching ability as really we have not seen any game plans , tactics or even set moves that could be attributed to him, but what we have seen is a calm,tough,unflappable style of person and they are great qualities for a NRL coach

    Agree. I’ll be interested to see how we approach the second half of the season, as well as which players are ultimately let go/told to look elsewhere.



  • Well may he be given a sustained run at the head coaching role at Wests, free of board room assurances, impatient fans and – maybe if he’s lucky – Adam Blair.
    Here here to that notion!!!



  • We will all know by the mid second half of the season if Coach Potter will make the grade, I don’t like coaches that rave and rant good for TV viewers little else IMO . The Tigers are not going to make the 8 but what I have to see is a coach that stamps his authority on the team and mould the younger players into a unit for season 2014, once some of the injured return there should be no reason that the Tigers cannot finish mid table .
    I like the personality that the coach is displaying though these tough times ,hopefully all will respond .The next game against Penrith will go a long way in seeing if the attitude has changed and the coach is making headway!



  • I just thought he punched a Xanax or two before the game.



  • Before you can build a new house, you have to demolish the old one and than lay the new foundations, this process takes time,but once finished the new structure is quickly assembled. I think our man Potter is taking one small step at a time,trying to get the foundations 100% right



  • @supercoach:

    Before you can build a new house, you have to demolish the old one and than lay the new foundations, this process takes time,but once finished the new structure is quickly assembled. I think our man Potter is taking one small step at a time,trying to get the foundations 100% right

    So true we all have to be patient give him 2 years and we will be a premiership force after blooding all these young guys now they will only benefit from their mistakes and learning from them and they will pay off in the future



  • He’ll only get better, as long as he gets the chance, players and support/support staff



  • Good article, don’t agree with the benching of Marshall as being a “boo-hoo” though because it had the desired effect of putting all of our players on notice. Potter’s only stuff-up this season has been benching Farah in the Manly game IMO, that was just plain stupid.
    He has handled the crisis well so far, a better run with injuries and hopefully a couple of handy signings before next year and he can start to build his empire, he should really only be critically judged once he has had time to set a few of his own procedures, support staff and playing roster in place. He is going ok, alot of coaches in the NRL would have had a meltdown if they were in his unenviable position thus far, some of them carry on like they have soiled the bed after just 1 or 2 losses.



  • You know it’s bad when your player(s) get a negative mention in the press.



  • @Fade To Black:

    Good article, don’t agree with the benching of Marshall as being a “boo-hoo” though because it had the desired effect of putting all of our players on notice.

    Yes, more than one good coach has made the mistake of taking Farah off, Stuart did…. Oh my.



  • As I’ve said in other threads, I support Potter and think he deserves a chance to see out his game plans with a fit team. While the Farah benching had me baffled, I doubt it was done for Potter’s entertainment. There was a reason for it. I’d like to know what the reason was. There would be good insight into team dynamics.



  • The fact Farah signed his contract extension less than three games into the season only speaks praises of the way Potter handled the team over the off season and obviously showed enough to get the Captain’s nod of approval.


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