Geez, some of you think that Ivan is going to a weaker club and will struggle?
He’s not going to Penrith in 2 years time or earlier just to coach his son. He’s going to coach a powerhouse club. He wants a premiership just as much as his son and he knows he has a better chance at Penrith.
I’m really curious to understand this new idea of Penrith being a “powerhouse” club. They’ve made the finals 8/19 times since 2000 (42%), won 1 premiership and collected 2 wooden spoons.
They’ve now made the finals 3 years in a row and were knocked out in the semis - decent results, but hardly powerhouse and in my opinion they regularly fail to impress in the big finals matches. In fact their finals record is 8/17 = 47%. Panthers continue to be run-over by the real premiership contenders.
Sure the Panthers leagues club have lots of money and they’ve built their COE (a few years ahead of other clubs, but some half-dozen clubs have COEs to be completed within the next few years), but frankly I am not seeing powerhouse results, nor is their long-term coaching strategy solid and locked-in. If Nathan Cleary’s form drops at all, they are in big trouble IMO.
You can make an argument for juniors, but it’s been shown that you can very easily sign juniors from other clubs, so it’s not as if they have the monopoly on Western Sydney. Then you look at Penrith’s recruitment strategy, letting go guys like Wade Graham, Luke Lewis, Flash Gordon, Jennings bros, Blake Austin, Api Koroisau, Moylan etc. who have gone on to have quite fine careers at other clubs - very literally they’ve seeded the Sharks premiership tilts of the last few seasons. It’s hardly a powerhouse recruitment strategy either.