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Phil Gould commits to Penrith Panthers for another four years

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By Jethro on Jan 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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    Phil Gould commits to Penrith Panthers for another four years

    January 28, 2014 - 12:03AM
    Andrew Webster

    Penrith have received an enormous boost on the eve of the NRL season, after Phil Gould committed to the club until the end of 2017.

    The Panthers chief revealed on Monday he could not walk away from the players and coaches he had recruited to rebuild a club that was on its knees less than three years ago.

    “I've asked a number of people to join our club — coaches, players and management — over the last 18 months,” Gould said. “They've all shown great confidence in what we were doing and they joined in good faith, so I can't really walk away from them until we've spent a fair bit of time together. The chairman, Don Feltis, and his board have been wonderful.

    “They approached me about staying around until the end of 2017. We shall continue to develop everything we've put in place over the last couple of years."

    Having orchestrated a complete turnaround at the club, on and off the field, there was a strong belief Gould would walk away with the job all but finished.

    A former premiership-winning coach with the Panthers in 1991, Gould became involved in May 2011 as the club faced enormous salary cap and financial pressures.

    He triggered an immediate reshuffle of the playing roster that squeezed out Petero Civoniceva, Michael Jennings and Luke Lewis. He also convinced Warriors coach Ivan Cleary to come on board to replace the dumped Matt Elliott, and most recently secured the signature of representative centre Jamal Idris from the Gold Coast.

    Last year, the Panthers' National Youth Competition team won the premiership, and Gould said: "The next first-grade side will come from within the club."

    Perhaps of greater significance, though, was his ability to convince good friend and billionaire James Packer to give the Panthers Group a loan, as it came within days of liquidation with debts of $90million.

    "The club was in a precarious position," Gould said. "If it wasn't for the board making tough decisions, who knows what might've happened. The best signing we've made is [Panthers Group chief executive] Warren Wilson."

    Gould also came on board as the AFL launched a direct raid on western Sydney through the newly created GWS Giants. Having lobbied all three levels of government, he has secured important rugby league and community infrastructure for his club and Sydney's west.

    "There's a lot of work being done at Penrith, on many levels, over the next few years," Gould said. "The building of our NRL academy and the Western Sydney Community and Sports Centre over the next two seasons will see $80million worth of sporting and community facilities on our precinct at Panthers, which is in conjunction with a number of other building operations around the licensed premises, so it's an exciting time with the club.

    "By 2017, Crown's $10million investment in a training and education facility will then be completed. We've introduced a number of projects in the last couple of seasons that have us well placed for the future. The extension of my stay by the board of directors is an invitation to work even harder than we have for the last couple of years. We will achieve our goal of making the Panthers the No.1 sporting franchise in the country."

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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Jan 28, 2014.

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      Phil Gould commits to Penrith Panthers for another four years

      January 28, 2014 - 12:03AM
      Andrew Webster


      Penrith have received an enormous boost on the eve of the NRL season, after Phil Gould committed to the club until the end of 2017.

      Click here to read the full article.
      [hr]

      Andrew Webster's Q&A with Phil Gould:


      Phil Gould: Everything we do from now on is about winning

      January 28, 2014 - 12:03AM
      Andrew Webster


      After three years of unpopular decisions that resulted in a complete overhaul of the club, on and off the field, Phil Gould has decided to stay at Penrith until the end of 2017. Now he's talking premierships.

      Click here to read the full article.
       
    2. The Who

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      Have the 'Riff really improved under Gould?
      They still seem to be the great under-performers to me, big on hype but short on results.
       
    3. Kiwi Eagle

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      They went up massively last year, his 1st full one in charge, and will do so again this year

      They were tipped to be spoon contenders and weren't far off the 8 with a massive injury toll
       
    4. Ralphie

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      I agree. They were in the top 8 for a while there and it was only in the back end when they struggled with injuries that they fell away. I have them on the fringe of the 8 this year, but it depends on whether they persevere with the Milkman or whether they throw in that young gun they have in the lower grades.

      Edit: They were in 7th place after Round 18
       
    5. DSM5

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      Gould's a tosspot. Full of himself and a chronic self promoter. The Riff will not make the 8. They have no halves and a weak backline. That club always talks the talk, and then struggle to get more than seven thousand along for a game.
       
    6. Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      They have a couple of good buys in Elijah Taylor and Idris (if he can find the consistency he showed last season). Kite is old but experience is what they need. Mansour, Roberts (injured ??) and Moylan are good young talents. Segeyaro has plenty of spark.

      They do lack halves though, Wallace and Soward aren't a fearful sounding pairing.

      They are a chance of the top 8 if things go their way.
       
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    7. Eagle Rock

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      Agree and Cleary is a Good Coach. They will go well. I think it was the best move for Idris to go there under Cleary and Gould, they will get the best out of Idris and I wouldn't be surprised if Idris is back playing for NSW.
       
    8. Killer03

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      What I will commend Gould on is making some very hard decisions re: people like Jennings, but probably more so Luke Lewis. I think to clean out a guy like Lewis who wanted to be a 1 club man at the Panthers was one of the decisions that took guts.

      However I think Penrith will be around that 8th spot. Can't see them really being a major force, Wallace and Soward will give them a decent halves pairing (certainly not the worst in the league), but can't see that being a top 4 spot or week 3 in the semis.
       
    9. Jethro

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      Related article:

      Gould's job wasn't done yet: Wilson

      By Matt Encarnacion
      NRL.com
      2:20pm Wed 29th January, 2014


      Whenever someone asks Panthers Group CEO Warren Wilson what it's like to work with one of the best minds in the business – the sans pareil of Origin orators – only one adequate description comes to mind: Penrith's Pied Piper.

      Click here to read the full article.
       
    10. HappilyManly

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      Today's rumours about Idris and Roberts behaviour will make Gus's day - Not :dodgy:
       
    11. BOZO

      BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      How come they could not get the best out of Lewis and Jennings ? Jennings was playing reserves when he was picked for NSW under Cleary and look what he has done with the Roosters .
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      NRL 2013 average home game attendances Panthers 10337 were the second lowest behind the Raiders 10226
      Very disappointing from both teams considering where they are geographically located .
      In the away games the Panthers had the lowest average game attendances 10979 followed by the Raiders 11486.
      I have met Gould and he appeared to be very intelligent , a nice bloke and very humble .
       
    12. Eagle Rock

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      Jennings was a trouble maker at Penrith, The coach hated him, they didn't want him, nor did the team with Jennings and Lewis. Jennings has strict clauses with his contract at the Roosters.
       

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