Wests Tigers - a history of mediocrity

I’ve been a Wests Tigers fan since day one and I’ve been a footy fan for long enough to know that there are good day and there are bad days.

But as long-term fan and member, I’m calling for better from our management and board.

We’ve always struggled and despite the lip service from management that we’ve grown accustomed to, it looks like we’re hitting new lows.

https://imgur.com/a/dw2wwXy

Since out inception, we’ve only made the top 8 just 15.7% of the time. When you remember we’re talking about a 15 or 16 team competition, that’s an absolutely atrocious result.

Our overall average finish has been a lowly 10th. Under the current regime’s management, the only time we came close to this was in 2016 under Jason Taylor (9th) and he was given the boot.

The Tim Sheens era has been by far and away our best. During this period we made the finals 30% of the time, including three finishes in the top 4. We were always somewhat competitive in this period. Sheens did walk into a mess of a club, but he was pushing for the finals in just his second season.

We currently have a CEO and chair who are light on footy experience and it’s showing.

They have not come close to delivering on their much hyped strategic plan (which seems to have conveniently vanished from the website). The “rebuilding” excuse is used repeatedly despite evidence showing it does not take that long.

There’s a pretty clear case for our chair and CEO to move on if we don’t make the finals this year. They have not even come close to achieving what they promised us:

https://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2015/09/03/wests-tigers-announce-new-ceo/

Have a look at Parra’s mediocrity stats. If you want to win every match then follow Roosters who have some magical very private solution which they have used over the past few years.

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Have a look at Parra’s mediocrity stats. If you want to win every match then follow Roosters who have some magical very private solution which they have used over the past few years.

At least Parra made the finals in recent years……

And I hate the Roosters with a burning passion, but they do get somewhat experienced people running their club.

Could not disagree with anyone more Silentio.

Think you are talking a load of rubbish - probably to fit in with your own thoughts.

This is the best Board and CEO we have ever had - Sheens / Cleary the best coaches.

You are being totally unrealistic.

I agree with Silentio. Pascoe hasnt impressed me one bit.
No COE as of yet and despite his initial promise of one home ground we’ve ended up with 5.
These are big issues that need to be sorted but are we any closer to achieving thems since he started?
The occasional video of giggles with Cleary won’t cut it any more.
He’d a dud.

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Could not disagree with anyone more Silentio.

Think you are talking a load of rubbish - probably to fit in with your own thoughts.

This is the best Board and CEO we have ever had - Sheens / Cleary the best coaches.

You are being totally unrealistic.

Interested on what basis you disagree so strongly.

The chair and CEO have not come even close to hitting their KPIs.

For the record, I’m not bagging Cleary or the players.

Record membership, record sponsorship, projected to break even which has never been done, what more are the board and CEO meant to do unless they can play second row or hooker?

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Record membership, record sponsorship, projected to break even which has never been done, what more are the board and CEO meant to do unless they can play second row or hooker?

What’s the dollar value of our sponsorship? Compared to other years?

I think the back room is the one shining light on the whole of this season.
Without knowing the actual $$$ figures and the actual nuts and bolts of the organisation, to me they appear to be doing a great job.
The 17 blokes on the paddock are the ones letting the club and supporters down at the moment.

I think they just threw in a bad half of football so many of our supporters could engage in their favourite activity of sticking the boot into the club and labelling it and most of its players mediocre. It was really quite considerate of them. Now they just need to all sack themselves so we can get us some of that green, green grass on the other side…

Recruitment and retention - if only we were good at it.

if you throw Balmain into this (for us Balmain fans) 3 times in 28 years. 2005 was based on 3 very good months. 2010 was a consistent year, and 2011 was similar to 2005, only we should have beaten the stupid warriors in that semi final.

It’s frustrating but you get used to the same old failures every year., when I heard ‘this is a different tigers team’ after 6 weeks I rolled my eyes and thought ‘here we go again’ because every year we seem to always start well, just that this year our start lasted a little longer and beat some good teams. Hell in 2002 we knocked off the eels and Bulldogs in the first 2 rounds. Bulldogs were the cheaters of 2002 and the eels were beating every team by 50 the previous year.

We still could make the 8 but after yesterday it just looks like the same old tigers again. with negative F and A and middle of the table finish outside the 8.

I think some people have forgotten we came into the season as favourites for the spoon. I have been happy with performances this season in line with ability and realistic expectations. My concern is this squad does not strike me as one to get excited about in the future. Who are the young players to really keep an eye on ?

With most rebuilds you want to see a young - emerging sort of team . This is not that . It’s a team that could get old and is already slow . We would have had that with the likes of Tedesco, Addo Carr, Moses etc - but it all went pear shaped.

I’m not sure what everyone expects. I said that a bottom 8 finish this year was a failure but that’s emotion talking - I’m sick of losing.
If we look at it constructively we must admit the Board seems settled and working as one; the management is in control and is making good off field progress; recruitment has been as good as it could be - I mean there aren’t that many players available and we’re still not exactly a favoured destination. I think we recruited well for what was available and considering our recent reputation.
I hate hearing ‘rebuild’. I want to hear and see ‘success’. The emotional spray I gave 2 Tigers officials as I stormed out yesterday exemplifies this. But I, and all of us, need to be patient and look at our progress constructively.
I work in the area of organisational improvement. That’s my job. I’ve learned big time that an organisations culture must be articulated, agreed upon and lived before sustained success is possible. We are building culture - you can see it in every decision.
If we can develop our culture then attract and keep the right people we will have success. Now us not the time to be turning over board members or CEO’s.

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I think some people have forgotten we came into the season as favourites for the spoon. I have been happy with performances this season in line with ability and realistic expectations. My concern is this squad does not strike me as one to get excited about in the future. Who are the young players to really keep an eye on ?

With most rebuilds you want to see a young - emerging sort of team . This is not that . It’s a team that could get old and is already slow . We would have had that with the likes of Tedesco, Addo Carr, Moses etc - but it all went pear shaped.

Getting Older actually worked for the Sharks. when they signed all the old players it helped win them the comp finally 2 years ago. I feel this team could have that same style as the sharks that grinding boring style. but really have to enhance on it next year.

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