Grant Mayer Opinion Article



  • http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/wests-tigers-ceo-grant-mayer-deserves-some-tough-questions-from-the-new-board/story-fni3fh9n-1227053175414

    Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer deserves some tough questions from the new board
    PAUL CRAWLEY

    Let’s hope the new Wests Tigers board ask Grant Mayer some tough questions on Wednesday.

    This is the man new Tigers Chairwoman Marina Go admits will be charged with the authority to kick the chair from under Mick Potter’s legs after having the coach’s head tied to a noose for the past two seasons.

    As Chief Executive, Mayer ruled over this rabble during the most explosive and divided period in the joint venture’s history.

    Now, apparently, he will on Wednesday make a recommendation on why Potter should be sacked.

    Throughout his period as coach Potter has had little, if any, input into player retention.

    He never even got to choose his coaching assistants.

    This might not seem like a big deal from outside but any NRL head coach will tell you that loyalty just might be the most important asset you can have.

    Mick Potter never had this.

    Throughout his tenure his assistant’s Todd Payten and David Kidwell made no secret of their desire to have Potter’s job.

    As a result, this undermined the coach’s authority within the playing group.

    From almost the get-go there were rumours, coming out of the club, that Potter’s position was under threat.

    Potter finally admitted as much following last weekend’s final game, that he had been coaching with his hands tied behind his back. But what if he had full support?


    When Wayne Bennett was in his early years at Brisbane, he had a chairman called Paul Morgan.

    In those early years Bennett too was a dead man walking, given he didn’t have the backing of the club’s most powerful player Wally Lewis.

    But he had Porky’s support, and that proved crucial. The chairman made a tough decision, to

    let Lewis go and keep Bennett. The rest, as they say, is history.

    This year Mayer brought in Brian Smith to do a mid-season review of the club’s coaching structures, which could only have one conclusion.

    Yet despite this Potter defied the undermining to have the Tigers in contention for the finals until that fateful board meeting in July that was publicly leaked before the crucial game against St George Illawarra.

    The Tigers went on to lose six straight after that before their final round win over Cronulla.

    Mick Potter is not to blame for how the Tigers’ season finished — but someone is.

    Let’s hope the new board works out who before they make a final decision on who will coach the Tigers in 2015.



  • Sick of all the articles, just want to hear some decisions



  • Sounds like Mayer should be the one sacked , the guy sounds like a Salesman ? and you know what they say about Salesman?



  • “Let’s hope the new Wests Tigers board ask Grant Mayer some tough questions on Wednesday.
    Mick Potter is not to blame for how the Tigers’ season finished — but someone is.
    Let’s hope the new board works out who before they make a final decision on who will coach the Tigers in 2015.”



  • time for both to go, me thinks. mayer is a snake in the grass. Potter not sold on his player selection or his game plans, comes across as a mouse rather than a lion, which is what we need.



  • If Mick Potter has the blowtorch put on him this week,Mayer should have it turned up full bore on him ,he could have stopped a lot of the rubbish that went on this season by being a strong CEO,instead of running and hiding he could have answered the tough questions people asked…"…

    Weak as p…s him having the last say on Potters future……



  • Whilst I’m all for looking into what has happened in the past few weeks and months, I think we could get easily trapped staring into our belly button too long…

    Lets look to the future. Work out what we need to move forward…



  • The article in regards to Lewis ,Bennett and Porky isn’t quite correct

    Porky knew what decision the club had to make , but to find out whether they had the right man (Bennett) he left him to make the right call

    Ask anyone who knows Bennett , he hires them and he fires them

    Back to the main issue , the minute we knew that Mayer was making the call we knew the fate of Potter

    But that means Mayer has had no one of significance make any judgements on him

    Smith didn’t if you believe what Mayer said on radio a month ago

    So who is passing judgement on Mayer’s 2014 season

    Jack Frost ,Easter Bunny and Santa Claus ,that’s who


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    I’d go with Santa…jolly fellow gets the joy done once a Year



  • @Geo.:

    I’d go with Santa…jolly fellow gets the joy done once a Year

    Yeah but Santa doesn’t get a say , he is from the Balmain side of the JV 😉



  • Grant Mayer makes me nervous and I don’t like him. Get the feeling he shouldn’t be trusted and really hoping we can find a new CEO. There’s just something about that guy it gives me a bad feeling.

    Anyone else?



  • @marzie,read my post above,sums it up ……



  • @foreveratiger:

    Sounds like Mayer should be the one sacked , the guy sounds like a Salesman ? and you know what they say about Salesman?

    My exact words from 12 months ago … But not many agreed.
    The only thing that will keep Mayer here is if he is under contract. He couldn’t possibly be retained on performance.



  • Who in the right mind instigate a football operations review right in the middle of the season, unless trying to find justifications to do something drastic like sacking the coach. Obviously leading on from this, there bounds to be ramifications on the rest of the club including the players. The rest is history. The whole thing is completely unprofessional, lack of leadership, not just on the part of the CEO, who should take the lion share of the blame, but the Board who kept silent throughout the whole sorry saga. It is good that a new look Board had now taken over. Hopefully they will review the entire season’s performance, including the CEO’s, learn from it and prepare for the better in 2015.

    @Knuckles:

    @foreveratiger:

    Sounds like Mayer should be the one sacked , the guy sounds like a Salesman ? and you know what they say about Salesman?

    My exact words from 12 months ago … But not many agreed.
    The only thing that will keep Mayer here is if he is under contract. He couldn’t possibly be retained on performance.

    \

    @the third:

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/wests-tigers-ceo-grant-mayer-deserves-some-tough-questions-from-the-new-board/story-fni3fh9n-1227053175414

    Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer deserves some tough questions from the new board
    PAUL CRAWLEY

    Let’s hope the new Wests Tigers board ask Grant Mayer some tough questions on Wednesday.

    This is the man new Tigers Chairwoman Marina Go admits will be charged with the authority to kick the chair from under Mick Potter’s legs after having the coach’s head tied to a noose for the past two seasons.

    As Chief Executive, Mayer ruled over this rabble during the most explosive and divided period in the joint venture’s history.

    Now, apparently, he will on Wednesday make a recommendation on why Potter should be sacked.

    Throughout his period as coach Potter has had little, if any, input into player retention.

    He never even got to choose his coaching assistants.

    This might not seem like a big deal from outside but any NRL head coach will tell you that loyalty just might be the most important asset you can have.

    Mick Potter never had this.

    Throughout his tenure his assistant’s Todd Payten and David Kidwell made no secret of their desire to have Potter’s job.

    As a result, this undermined the coach’s authority within the playing group.

    From almost the get-go there were rumours, coming out of the club, that Potter’s position was under threat.

    Potter finally admitted as much following last weekend’s final game, that he had been coaching with his hands tied behind his back. But what if he had full support?


    When Wayne Bennett was in his early years at Brisbane, he had a chairman called Paul Morgan.

    In those early years Bennett too was a dead man walking, given he didn’t have the backing of the club’s most powerful player Wally Lewis.

    But he had Porky’s support, and that proved crucial. The chairman made a tough decision, to

    let Lewis go and keep Bennett. The rest, as they say, is history.

    This year Mayer brought in Brian Smith to do a mid-season review of the club’s coaching structures, which could only have one conclusion.

    Yet despite this Potter defied the undermining to have the Tigers in contention for the finals until that fateful board meeting in July that was publicly leaked before the crucial game against St George Illawarra.

    The Tigers went on to lose six straight after that before their final round win over Cronulla.

    Mick Potter is not to blame for how the Tigers’ season finished — but someone is.

    Let’s hope the new board works out who before they make a final decision on who will coach the Tigers in 2015.



  • @Menacing Tiger:

    Who in the right mind instigate a football operations review right in the middle of the season, unless trying to find justifications to do something drastic like sacking the coach.

    Well, I don’t particularly like GM, but instigating this report is extremely good business practice. A new board is coming in and a basic requirement of this is to get an independent review of this type of thing to ensure the new board has full and frank independent advice.

    Whether or not it was done the right way is another story…


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