Wire Quin, I would imagine if a new appointment is made, the club would only consider appointing a senior player as the Manager, such as Rhys Curran, or the likes of Joe Mbu or Rob Powell; essentially an already London based person, and again roll the dice on someone unproven.
I would not want the club that go that way, and thus have refrained from suggesting someone when there appears little chance of the type of manager I want.
The types of options I would like I think you can eliminate.
It is my view that Tony Rea has a good corporate career and would not give that up to work for a fickle leader who has a record of dismissing people which rules him out.
Hendo would be my preferred candidate by a mile, but I am not sure his personal circumstances would permit a return to London. I believe he lives in Warrington and has a partner from St Helens and also his four children are based somewhere which is likely to be in the north.
I also don't think the Hughes father and son want him back, and as I believe a lot of the changes made were in preparation for the son's inheritance, the son's view would be important.
Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Danny Ward; but if I had to guess I would say he got wind of going part-time and showed his hand after a 50 point hammering and the fickleness of the leadership team of the time saw him axed there and then.
So the sorts of candidates I would like I believe are simply unavailable.
I can't see why a manager of recognised stature and proven ability in the Championship such as John Kear, Richard Marshall or Jon Sharp would come to the club given where things are, though all would be highly suitable.
Anyone who comes in would need to weed out pretty much all the players who have played in the past for either London Skolars or West Wales and the sorts of guys who have debuted at only around the age of 20 and have only ever played for the academy in the past. Very few are capable of more, as I have previously stated, with the fresh cream skimmed off, leaving only the sour cream for us to enjoy.
Henderson has managed out the dross before, and he would be my nomination. He's a ruthless man and he will not offer players more than they are worth, but he isn't going to waste his time fishing with a couple of hundred quid a week maximum wages as his bait, and that might be why Coleman remains.
In my opinion, anyone taking the job would need to be saying to the Hughes family; you are going to need to pony up for 4-6 players, these are the wages needed; we will need to start offering 2-3 year contracts and you are going to need to show me and the players the right commitment, otherwise I would think the manager themselves will have the trapdoor switch pressed on them.
The job cannot be done with what we have; basically a whole bunch of half backs and backs who simply cannot set up or score tries in the Championship. You'd be a mug to want a job which can't be done, lasts less than a year and ruins your reputation.
So, I would hire Hendo, and if not John Kear or Jon Sharp. If the job is strictly part time, Tony Rea would be highly acceptable and he could save the club, but he may have been burnt too many times by Hughes. Joe Mbu would probably be the best of the local candidates, and I believe he would at least have some support from the stands.
Good post. I have my reservations about Hendo, I think it became clear that he was only able to take us so far, with Danny Ward being the better coach who took us back to SL.
That said Hendo would be able to get more out of the current squad surely?
Statistics: Posted by RfE — Wed Apr 27, 2022 6:55 pm — Replies 26 — Views 1587