Does anyone know for a fact that Pascoe’s appearance on Wednesday hasn’t been pre-planned for some time? This may have been something booked weeks ago, for Tigers to talk about their direction moving forward, take the news away from Woodesco and Moses. He might have intended to go on there to talk about Cleary, the new signings, team focus this year, give the club’s position on the recent events of losing some key players.
The interview with Kelly Egan recently on Triple M, I thought it was a good one. The callers there clearly didn’t have an agenda to stick daggers into the club, they just wanted to hear the club’s position.
A lot of people in this thread are right - damned if you do and don’t. There’s been a lot of mud flung at Tigers and you can say “well if he keeps his mouth shut it will all die down”. On the other hand, sometimes silence is an admission of guilt.
I’d personally love to hear Pascoe rip Woods a new one. I wanted Clearly to rip Gallen a new one on Saturday night, but they are always so soft in their language.
So maybe Pascoe’s TV appearance was organised in planned response to Woods’ upcoming interview, or maybe it’s just chance. We’ll never really know, the interview is going to be very much about Woods now regardless of the background.
Personally, I’m happy for Pascoe to make public statements. I’m happy for club managers to be public faces. There are some real behind-the-scenes types in rugby league and they don’t necessarily do better or worse for being well-known or not. Phil Gould has a lot of pull working for Penrith, it doesn’t have to be bad to have a public profile. Everyone knows who Nick Politis is and the bloke rarely says anything ever.
I just feel when the management is attacked, as Tigers management is regularly, they are within their rights to go a bit public and make statements. It helps calm down a good number of fans, even just as a PR exercise. Just think of all the things Ivan Cleary has said recently and how many fans have warmed to him, how on-board the fans are with his message. Jason Taylor said almost the same things, but people just didn’t like his persona, despite the often glowing references from players; JT has always been fairly unpopular.
Pascoe speaks well, I am sure he’ll handle himself well. If he does this and Cleary keeps speaking to the media weekly, it gives the fans confidence. It’s not “faceless pencil pushers” but real-life people.
Or I’ll put it another way - why do people have faith in Cleary? We are 50% win rate with him so far. It’s because he says the right things in the right way, and you believe him. You get confidence as a fan from his confidence. Cleary says things, and you think you see those comments, that attempt at improvement, on the field.
Same goes for management. If they speak about their plan and you see it unfolding, it’s a good thing.
For all the talk of “basket case” club, 90% of that comes from external to the club, most Tigers fans in 2017 are more worried about player contribution / performance than management.
“Basket case” is the media pitch to add fire to a faltering story. It used to be about Tigers being unable to attract talent, but we have attracted talent, and it was about poor coaching or coaching feuds with players… well that’s gone, they are running out of angles, they are hanging their hats on Woodesco and Moses, plus the “basket case” line and throwing pot-shots at Marina Go.
Soon enough, these prominent players of an old system will be gone as well. Everything has been changed from top-down over the last few years, the board setup, chair, management, coach… it’s time for the players to change as well I think. Potter got rid of Benji, JT got rid of Farah, now Cleary is finishing the job.
For too long Tigers have been an underperforming club where players do not take responsibility for the lack of performance. Players like Benji and Woods become these famous highly-regarded players, even though their team is crap and they don’t carry them to victory too often. Then these players get too big for their boots and think the club should be bringing them the glory, instead of the other way around. Well they are being slowly cut out, it’s been painful but I think it’s ending.
Raiders are a blueprint for us, they’ve done the excising of big-mouthed half-performing footballers, it was tough, they had some lean years, but they are coming good. Their board was disrespected, their coach was half a joke, nobody wanted to sign with them… and now, they stuck to their guns, got the right type of players, signed ability rather than ego, grit rather than glamour, and now they are a good side, crowds are up, coach has won his respect back.