The drama over the coach is painful after all the other drama the Club has copped, but if Ivan wants to sign for the Panthers in 2021 (or sooner) good luck to him and let’s extract maximum value and keep going. At least Luke Brooks knows he can build his career at the Tigers, with NC having signed long-term for the Panthers.
If Ivan wants to go to fulfill a dream of coaching his son, then extract full value and grab another coach. All the “we expected the wooden spoon but narrowly missed the eight” talk which the media is promoting around the Tigers of late is defeatist nonsense. We should have been in the finals and dropping games to weak teams cost us. We beat the Roosters and we beat Melbourne (twice) and they’re playing in the GF. We also beat Souths and the Dragons, and they were the other major contenders.
I wouldn’t mind a coach trying to win the comp in 2019 instead of more talk of a rebuilding process.
From where I’m sitting the board has done a good job. IC was a good signing (even though he was fired from his last job and has a <50% win record), getting Benji and Robbie back was good work. Mbye was a great acquisition and the forward pack has a nice mix of experienced professionals and young bulls. Whatever happens, I hope the board plays it out fairly quickly so the squad and coach get an uninterrupted pre-season and we can go out aiming to go deep into the competition in 2019.
Good luck to young NC, but to be honest if I was IC I think I’d want to let the kid flourish on his own. He’s making Origin and on a good contract… why upset that? Especially as Phil Gould is a narcissistic megalomaniac who can bleat all he wants about the Panthers, but was perfectly happy to take the best player of a generation away from the club to the Rorters when it suited his own purposes. Phil Gould’s personal interests will always be placed before any player’s, any coach’s, any club’s or the game’s and that makes him a dangerous and unpredictable employer. That is only amplified with the father/son dynamic at a club he controls.
Will be interesting to see how it plays out but for the first time in a long time I am confident the Tigers’ board will work the angles as best we can for the Tigers and bugger anyone else!