Hey mate, where are you hearing the McFlop didn't pick the team?
‘It starts at the top’: Dragons great lashes Red V executive and offers to help old club
Dragons greats Dean Young, Ben Hornby, and Matt Cooper.Source: News Limited
St George Illawarra legend Matt Cooper says he’s never been asked to help the Red V players, but he would do it in a heartbeat.
Cooper played 14 seasons for his beloved Red V and won the 2010 grand final with them, being a genuine fan favourite at the club over his career.
He’s now resigned to sitting back and watching the Dragons struggle to win games, having played only three finals games since Paul McGregor took over as coach six years ago.
Cooper - a star Origin quality centre - says he would jump at the chance to work with the playing group if asked.
'Deep issues' at Dragons
“As a former player, as an outside back, I could see so many errors defensively that the outside backs were doing,” he told NRL Tonight.
“I would have loved to be able to help these young players because that was one of my strong suits as a player, my defence. I would have loved to have been there for these young boys and taught them how to do it right.
“I was working for the club in the community side of things, and it would have been nice to get a tap on the shoulder and say ‘Matt can you help out?’ because I would have done it in a heartbeat.
“I feel for the players, the players are always doing their job and it’s a hard job. I did it for 14 years.”
Cooper is about to embark on a holiday around Australia and so isn’t available this year, but says his phone will be on if the Dragons want to contact him at any stage in the future.
St George Illawarra scored its first win of the season on Sunday against Cronulla, which has helped alleviate some pressure on McGregor and the players.
Cooper says the result will only help to brush over serious issues at the club, but says it’s not the players that need to change.
“It definitely puts wallpaper over some deep cracks. It was good to see the Dragons win for the players, because the players have been putting in every week,” Cooper said.
“But there’s deep issues at the club, and I think it starts at the top.
“You see Brian Johnston take the (CEO) job up for, what was it, six months and then he’s gone. That for me seems to be a problem at the club.
“That’s something that players, coaches, and everyone around the club, they feel that pressure, they feel what’s going on. It effects players and obviously it effects coaches.
“The leadership in the board, we’ve had Peter Doust has left, Brian Johnston has come in and left. I think in between the board there must be a rift, or there’s something happening there.
“When it comes to the coach, what do you do with Mary? He’s been coaching for, what, eight years now? You’re going to have to sack him, pay for a new coach to come in, or do you ride out the season?”
Coops scored 1 try every 2 matchesso...cooper, one of our greatest centres can see issues with our defence on the edges.
meanwhile, our coach is also one of our greatest centres.
yet our edge defence continues to make the same errors week in and week out.
What does that tell you about the coaching?
Dear Willow,Red V Membership
With the announcement of crowds returning to stadiums from July 1, we are looking forward to having our Red V members return to games in the second half of the 2020 season.
Members will receive an email this Wednesday outlining the club's membership resolution options in the light of the COVID-19 interrupted season.
Thank you to all Red V members for your patience while the club worked through the various options in the face of the ever-changing government guidelines.
I do not envy this bloke coming into an environment that is clearly too stubborn to change. Part of me likes to think he is doing his best to find the balance between old and new, and I do appreciate him doing stuff like this message to fans, and his personal responses to fan emails in recent months.
Not perfect of course but I'm just trying to find the positives in this shambles of a club
Andrew Gordon is still hiding behind his rookie CEO- gutless wonder. Contrast him to Bulldogs Chair Lynne Anderson- front and centre with the Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill when announcing the signing of Luke Thompson.
Breaking down the code, the message from Webb seems to be
We have a coach who we publicly support because we stuffed up and extended him but privately would love to get rid of. We have the money but it would cost too much to pay him out and the Gordons didn't get rich by being generous. Meanwhile, we have built a selection and coaching team around the Head Coach to ensure that his incompetence has minimal impact on the team until such time as its cost effective to get rid of him.
Have a nice day
I'll hold off judging just yet let's see how goes with player releases and recruiting for starters.
Then maybe he can make our leagues club interesting again as of right now unless you love gambling it's a sh!thole.
I miss the poker nights and when I was a kid they used to have free movies.
What about stand up comedy? Music gigs? Djs? They need to all visit Penrith leagues club to show them how things should be run. Right now it's just full of false teeth and hearing aids.
A decision based on loyalty between Andrew Gordon and his mate McGregor.
A totally unacceptable and unprofessional pretense...