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Taylor's cloud

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Ivan Cleary developed a very close working relationship with Justin Pascoe in their time together at Penrith – and it will be something that will hang over Jason Taylor the minute that results start to go the wrong way for the Tigers.

    Taylor is already fighting battles on at least two fronts – Robbie Farah and Marty Taupau – and he needs to get off to a flyer if he gets the chance to coach the Tigers in 2016. It is worth explaining that Taylor has board support, but what is not known is that Cleary and Pascoe, who is now the Tigers chief executive, were so close that they worked together to move Trent Barrett on once he had committed to Manly.

    What's more, they did it without the knowledge or the approval of Phil Gould. Ultimately that worked against Cleary. It wasn't the reason he was not required, but it played a part.

    Cleary is in the Maldives, quite possibly wondering just how quickly things went south for him. But at some point, as he sits by a pool or dips in the ocean, he will know that Gould's decision was right. And it was one that Cleary saw coming. In fact, a few weeks ago Gould told Cleary that it was time for him to have a break. But after considering that for three weeks, Cleary said he wanted to coach on. But he knew in his heart his time was up.

    It's only a small thing, but often they are telling: when Cleary's very promising son was negotiating a new deal with the Panthers, his agent wanted a get-out clause if his dad was no longer the coach. In other words, Ivan knew the writing was in big red letters on the wall.

    Gould knows what it is like to be sacked as a coach. He got speared by Peter Moore after winning a comp, and was replaced by Moore's son-in-law, Chris Anderson.

    Gould had no such relationship with Anthony Griffin. But he knew it was time for a change. He'd done his research, but only offered Griffin the job on Sunday night. Griffin accepted in a heartbeat.

    Gould spoke to Griffin's manager, Wayne Beavis, on Friday to discuss what kind of package would be required and then told Griffin the first year of his deal may not be that great because of the cost of paying out Cleary.

    Griffin will relocate this week and he's already had a three-hour tour of Penrith – driven around by Gould. Griffin is as country as his drawl and he loved the rural feel of Penrith.

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  2. double hoops

    double hoops Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  3. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    He's hardly country either. He's from Rocky. 40 mins to the beach FFS. Don't know about his drawl. I've seen him drool on several occasions though.
  4. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    So that's settled he's a city girl
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