Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter says he is comfortable with his position at the club despite speculation he could be shown the door just one season into his tenure.
The Tigers’ third loss in a row has led to rumblings at the club that Potter will not be coach of the club next year, with suggestions that club powerbrokers had been eyeing off replacements. Trent Barrett’s name has been mentioned by club officials, while Matt Parish and David Kidwell are others believed to have some support.
Potter said on Wednesday night he was ‘‘comfortable with what I’ve been doing, and what we’re doing’’. ‘‘I know the results haven’t been what we want them to be, and there are various reasons for that,’’ he said. ‘‘I haven’t heard these whispers but we’re sitting down at the lower end of the ladder, and that sort of speculation happens, doesn’t it?’’
Tigers officials had previously flagged a review of the coaching structure for next season but until recently it was not believed the head coach’s role was at stake.
That said, any decision around Potter, who was signed on a two-year deal, is complicated by the fact that his predecessor, Tim Sheens, is still being paid by the Tigers. Asked about Potter’s future, chief executive Grant Mayer said: ‘‘Mick Potter has got a contract for 2014.’’
It is believed Potter had raised any concerns with players during a training session several weeks ago, having heard rumours of discontent. But he was adamant that club officials had not raised the prospect of his position being under threat.
‘‘Everyone’s disappointed with losing our last three games,’’ Potter said. ''But no one’s come to me and said anything that’s untoward or hinting at anything.
‘‘I’m there for another year. That’s for you guys to sniff around for stories. Sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re wrong. It’s out of my control.’’
i thought glenn jackson was a good journalist. at least he has SOME quotes there even though they go against the story
Questions will always be asked of underperforming coaches. Potter was a last minute signing for 2 years on a low contract, only natural people would begin to talk.
Would be stupid to punt him now though, after the year we had, with the injuries, board troubles, financial issues, cap issues and player issues, Potter needs to be given time to affect real change.
Its a process, not an instant change.
Forget the article.
We are a business. Getting rid of Potter would be an insanely risky and stupid decision. Not only would it mean ANOTHER bloody person on our payroll doing sweet-stuff-all for us, but it would mean we just wasted a whole one, possibly two, years. Fans are prepared to give a coach time to settle, to implement his style and show the direction we are heading. People can only wait so long. Less fans = less money = less business.
These articles are dumb.
Losing my enjoyment of rugby league lately because there is some much emphasis on performance and results. There are teams who will resort to illegal means in a “win at all costs” attitude. Rugby league is a sport to enjoy no matter where your team is on the ladder. On the other hand journalism is business and without sensational dramatic stories their is no business. . .
‘‘Mick Potter has got a contract for 2014.’’
So does Tim Sheens and look where he is….!
This quote by Mayer doesn’t instill any confidence that Potter’s job is safe…
Why couldn’t Mayer come out with a statement like:
“Potter’s role is also under review for 2014” or
“Potter will definitely be our coach for 2014”
To come out with such a politically correct statement as he did is unlike Mayer to-date…
Terrible move if they punt Mick…if we are going like busted’s next year this time OK…but not now!.
I agree if we dump potter we are a rabble.
We are already rabble
I for one an not convinced on Potter at all. He’s made some glaringly stupid decisions throughout the year and on the field it seems like we have no gameplan whatsoever.
Injures are one thing, sure, but what injured players apart from Galloway would have made a big difference? In many ways the injuries allowed us to bring in some young players who have now proven themselves first graders.
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It is believed Potter had raised any concerns with players during a training session several weeks ago, having heard rumours of discontent. But he was adamant that club officials had not raised the prospect of his position being under threat…‘’
If true - this is interesting. If you lose the playing group then you’re finished.
I am not sure Potter will be here in 2014