@highlandeagle no I'm not going to dislike your post. I'm glad I asked for your contribution, and thank you for responding.
Reading your post actually shows we don't disagree on everything, and actually, you have highlighted the really deep problem - deeper than the 7 - we have no leaders!
You are right, DCE has not behaved like a leader. He says all the nice words, but does not hold his teammates to account. Des is not longer the leader he was . Instead he looks like a snake-oil salesman spruiking all his technical detail each week on what went wrong, yet fails to mention when the team don't put their bodies on the line or make the recovery tackles in broken play. They look pathetic out there, and Des won't admit it. His press conference reveal nothing and are at best painful to watch. How can we fix a problem if he keeps denying we have one?.
Worse still, and hear me out, where your thoughts and mine come together to uncover the real problem is this:
By Des and DCE stepping up to defend Jerseygate it made them look like the leaders. As we have said, they are not. Yet in the background, and avoiding accountability are the real leaders and influencers who have kept their traps firmly shut - i.e the Executives at the Manly club for their total mismanagement of this and other debacles this year, and the leader of the 7 who could have stepped up like a leader and explained why they boycotted that game. That's all we fans would have needed. This is not about gay rights, or Polynesians, or any label you could want to put to this - it is about stepping up as human beings and giving their perspective to us. We are not stupid. We know and agree the 7 were not given enough time to consider the situation, and by stepping up like leaders and explaining themselves we would have understood and moved on.
However, by these execs and the 7 leadership not stepping up and talking like leaders, they have disrespected all of us as paying fans of Manly, and now we are all suffering for it. Instead, we have these two fake leaders stepping up and saying words that are contrary to their actions as coach and team captain. Empty words.
So here we are. The team is falling apart on and off the field, the 7 are isolated as part of the team and also rightly by us, and we as fans are left isolated, and there is no communication between any of us.
That's why we are all angry, because we truly fear long-term repercussions for this club that could have been avoided.
Spot on mate. We need the re-incarnation of Ben Kennedy. Someone who sets that bar / benchmark. If that means we lose a marquee player , to pry them off a team, so be it - but I do agree that's where it starts.
Jake is amazing, but I couldn't see him ripping in to anyone - he's too empathetic and kind (and that's a good thing). But we need a steel nosed hard-arse, that doesn't tolerate half efforts or bull**** - even off the park. A true leader.
I think our team (a group of individuals right now, not playing as a team) are desperately crying out for someone to follow.