From: The Australian
August 30, 2013 12:00AM
A RESTRUCTURE of the football department at Wests Tigers was presented to the board last night with head coach Mick Potter asking for a few more staff.
Speculation Potter would lose his job after just one season was, Potter said, just that.
It’s not surprising the plans to update and upgrade the set-up at the Tigers didn’t include eliminating Potter since he compiled the restructure document.
He presented it to the board with chief executive Grant Mayer last night.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the board will accept all his recommendations.
It is understood there is still some division over whether Potter is the right man for the job.
He took over from Tim Sheens after Sheens was removed last October, when the Tigers fell to 10th. The club is now in 14th spot with two games left.
For the past two months Potter’s future has been a topic of debate, even after Mayer said three weeks ago that the former Catalans and St Helens coach would be coaching at the Tigers next season.
Potter said the restructure did not include any coaching director or mentor overseeing him.
“I have been around a little while. It’s not like I’m a novice,” he said. “Once the season is over, we’ll make a couple more coaching (assistants) appointments.”
Royce Simmons and Steve Georgallis handed in their notice earlier this year, while rehabilitation program leader Andrew Leeds is also leaving.
“There’s nothing revolutionary about it,” Potter said when asked about any changes.
"We’re just trying to put more sports science in there and pushing for a general upgrade from where we are.
“We want the right people in the right positions, along with having enough medical staff to bring us to an equivalent level with best practice in the code.”
But that’s next year and Potter is more concerned with tonight’s match against competition leaders Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
Benji Marshall plays his 200th match, Lote Tuquiri his 150th and Robbie Farah passes Chris Heighton as the most capped Wests Tigers player with 202.
That number now equals Tom Raudonikis’s for the Wests Magpies, while he still has some games to catch legend Paul Sironen (246) as the most capped Balmain Tiger. The two clubs merged in 2000.
Potter thinks Farah will not only break three club records but start nipping at players like Steve Walters (272) and Luke Priddis (315) as the most NRL games for a hooker. “He’s got a lot more rugby league to play,” Potter said.
“He’s definitely going to stretch a few to try and break what he’s going to be able to set.”
Farah tried to relieve a little of the heat off Potter yesterday by saying the problems at the Wests Tigers were there up to two years before he arrived.
“We need to get back on track, not only through stability with the coach, but within the playing group. We need to get back to playing good footy,” Farah said.
"So regardless what’s happening with the coach, it’s a fact we haven’t played well enough.
“Myself as captain that’s what I’m concerned about. I want us playing to our potential.”