Just interested to see where the majority sit in terms of the fans on this burning issue. I am torn in many respects because I believe in empowering the coach, however I also don’t have faith in Taylor (whilst I did have faith in Potter) .
With Farah his best years are behind him everyone knows that, most people know 900 K tied up in a 32 year old Hooker is bad business. However is also a way to treat a club legend, current captain and SOO that has done more then any other player for the club. You also have to consider the huge experience voice in our current roster for the next 2 years.
Really there are only 3 main options……
Option 1 - Back Taylor and the Board 100% and hope Robbie finds a new club or play him in reserves. Meaning we are paying anywhere between 1 Mill and 2 Mill dollars for Farah to either play reserves or play against us. We are down the bottom and we need to make some tough calls.
Option 2- Seek a compromise of sorts between Taylor and Farah. For example Robbie steps down as captain, or retires from Origin, or plays on in 2016 but agrees to leave the club at the end of 2016
Option 3 - Sack Taylor and pay him out. Establish he is not the right man to rebuild the club given some truly baffling things he has done this year in relation to the media, tactics, and decisions on the future. Given he seems to lack the respect of the playing group and is not respected among the NRL, lets cut our losses and search someone who can work to the strngths of the roster better. Farah contract to be honoured in full and he remains a first grade required player at the Tigers.
I am torn of sorts. Robbie’s from has been pretty average for a couple of years and we do need to start balancing the books. However the manner in which this has been done has been so poorly handled in typical Wests Tigers fashion. Having thought about it given the amount of kids and inexperience we have I would rather have him here on 900 K then some where else with us picking up 600-700 K of that.
I mean the compromise (Option 2) seems like its worth a go however it would only be papering over the cracks. Imagine after a couple of losses next year the Press would be giggling into old wounds about Taylor and Farah on different pages.
So for mine really one has to go. Its funny because I backed Potter last year in the saga that went on. It’s because I believed in him as a man, I believed in his character and what he stood for. I liked the fact he did not make excuses for losing and said it was win at all costs. Farah was the one in the wrong in that situation (more so the way he handled it after it came out) even though in reality Tallis through him under a big bus.
I don’t really believe in Taylor, the minute he rang the radio station to start a argument and defend himself told me all I need to know about him. Then you here that he is threatening Farah with training with part times if he hangs around. You have current and former NRL players making fun of him about being knocked out and Souths and having to avoid the Tigers Mad Monday. These players right or wrong don’t respect him. Even Bellemy and Bennett came out and said how poorly handled it was. I worry that some of our players are talking about him behind the scenes and making fun of him.
I hated some of his commentary that winning was not important but performances were. You don’t here that every day in the NRL and for me it was hard to fathom. I don’t think fans liked those comments. His whole coaching philosophy of copying the Roosters and systems and structures for mine has been a real failure this year. With a healthy roster we played like zombies many weeks. I think things like banning Richards spiral kicks off, putting the hand breaks on Moses and Farah has really been a failure. He has failed to play to some of our strengths.
Anyway I said any coach deserves a couple of years to prove whether they are up to the job. So it would be pretty unfair if he ended up getting sacked. However because of this whole mess now there is a chance he could be closer to the exit, especially if he has lost the dressing room.
I could live with Option 1, although I don’t believe in Taylor going forward so would be cautiously pessimistic. However if he is going to stay you have to back his decisions not compromise or back down.
Option 2 sounds nice and fuzzy but in reality would be papering over the cracks.
Option 3 would cause its own problems as people will say well Robbie has won again, another coach bites the dust. That side of the story would be in full swing. However given I don’t have faith in taylor as a coach I could live with this decision.
It is a sorry saga and it will be be interesting to see what prevails here, I am not sure what will to be honest…