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Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:53 pm
Posted by Superblue on Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:53 pm
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Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:58 pm
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Look lads we can’t make arguments around “if we hadn’t won the Challenge Cup it would have been a failure of a season.”

We won the damn thing, and took our local bitter rival down to do so, and so in reality it has been a very successful season. :D

Thing is , having seen a mountain of failed seasons over the last 40 years, I know a successful season when I see one :D

Wires didn’t start with Super League you know :D
Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:17 am
Posted by Captain Hook on Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:17 am
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Superblue wrote:
Look lads we can’t make arguments around “if we hadn’t won the Challenge Cup it would have been a failure of a season.”

We won the damn thing, and took our local bitter rival down to do so, and so in reality it has been a very successful season. :D

Thing is , having seen a mountain of failed seasons over the last 40 years, I know a successful season when I see one :D

Wires didn’t start with Super League you know :D

All fair comments, but most of us know good rugby when we see it. The number of games lost is also a telling stat. If I was marking this season even with the CC I couldn’t give us more than a C+.
Just my opinions unless it's a FACT, in which case it's a fact.
Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:27 am
Posted by Smiffy27 on Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:27 am
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The nub of this is that we are all disappointed with our attack when in the opposition half. A new top class half back should help. Blake Austin is not a creative half back ... he's a runner. In addition if Gelling has a strength it is his creativity.
The Wire think tank has a few months before the start of next season to come up with and practice to solve the problem.
Finishing 4th and winning at Wembley are not a sign of failure. Several other clubs spend the maximum of the cap. We have no right to expect much better. But the way we went down hill was alarming. Thank God the season is over ... but blimey winning at Wembley felt so good.
Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:26 pm
Posted by Wires71 on Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:26 pm
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Leeds didn't waste time wondering with Furner and admitted their error so if Price is not the right man KF should have the conkers to correct matters


Exactly. The ambitious clubs make the change in time. Leeds/Furner, Saints/Cunningham.
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Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:30 pm
Posted by Wires71 on Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:30 pm
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sally cinnamon wrote:
No, but what you have said there is the standard that matters - do we see progress, rather than 'he has to win the Grand Final in 2020 or its time to go'.

I think with every coach there is a tipping point where things change from the club progressing under him, to stagnating and slipping backwards. But it sometimes gets lost in the variability of results. Sometimes the team can be on a bad run, but still moving in the right direction overall (eg the early part of Price's first season), other times the team can be on a good run that masks stagnation (eg the early part of 2016 when Sandow was at his peak).

With hindsight I think we could say that with TS, there was a tipping point maybe around mid to late 2015. With Cullen it was mid 2006, around the time we lost to Hull KR in the Cup. With Darryl Van de Velde it was early in 2000. With Brian Johnson it was around the time we lost the Regal Trophy in 1995. In each case I think that was the time we would have benefited from a change.

The big question is are we at (or even past) that point now with Price.


I don't disagree with most of what you say but your argument did contain the "why do fans who don't achieve much in life expect so much from a club" and I argued that there need not be a parallel between an individuals aspiration and that of the club they support.


Secondly, I think 3 years is long enough for a top coach to create a GF winning side. I'd be happy with Price continuing into 2020 but for a) the style of play b) his misalignment of expectations thinking this was a good season c) His inability to drive consistent results.

I suspect we will start 2020 as we finished 2019 and he'll be gone by Easter if the club have any cojones.
Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Posted by Wires71 on Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:32 pm
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Superblue wrote:
Look lads we can’t make arguments around “if we hadn’t won the Challenge Cup it would have been a failure of a season.”

We won the damn thing, and took our local bitter rival down to do so, and so in reality it has been a very successful season. :D

Thing is , having seen a mountain of failed seasons over the last 40 years, I know a successful season when I see one :D

Wires didn’t start with Super League you know :D


Would you be happy with the next 10 years winning a CC but missing/bombing out of the playoffs...?
Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:11 pm
Posted by sally cinnamon on Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:11 pm
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Wires71 wrote:
Exactly. The ambitious clubs make the change in time. Leeds/Furner, Saints/Cunningham.


I wonder how we would have felt if we had been as ambitious as Leeds and jettisioned Price early in the season to appoint Richard Agar.
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Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:12 pm
Posted by CW8 on Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:12 pm
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Wires71 wrote:
Would you be happy with the next 10 years winning a CC but missing/bombing out of the playoffs...?


To be fair if you offered me winning the CC 11 seasons on the run and not making playoffs I would take that! I'd swap a fair few of them for winning the grand final though.
Re: CEO agrees season was a failure
Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:14 pm
Posted by sally cinnamon on Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:14 pm
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Wires71 wrote:
Would you be happy with the next 10 years winning a CC but missing/bombing out of the playoffs...?


I would. We would have achieved something historic and smashed Wigan's records.

Winning 11 Challenge Cups in a row would be an unparalleled period of dominance. Yes, it would be a shame to not win the Grand Final but lets be honest the more likely scenario is we won't win a Grand Final in the next 10 years anyway, and will win maybe 1 or 2 Challenge Cups if we are lucky. For the first 20 years I watched Wire we won neither.

So yes if this is deal or no deal, and the banker is offering a future of 11 Challenge Cups in a row, it's thanks very much banker its a deal for me.
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