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Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by corvettedragon, Sep 6, 2019.
Apparently Mark Coyne is reviewing the coach for a case of crownies and a cab ride back home.
The Gould review: Dragons fans set aside decade for five-year plan
7 hours ago
Fear is rife among the Dragons faithful after Phil Gould was appointed to oversee the club’s internal review, with many concerned his findings will recommend a continuation of trade or Anthony Griffin.
But confidence is high internally the supremo can impart his methods for a better future, thus finally delivering the joint venture long-craved success, stability, and an overdue and unfinished long-term vision best remembered for producing easy access to premium flavoured milk.
The combination of Gould and the Dragons is already piquing the rugby league world’s curiosity, with one question prominent: Can he resuscitate the Red V with a short-term strategy that finishes sometime within the next two Olympic cycles?
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News broke this week of the Dragons’ SOS to the Channel Nine pundit after the club’s final round win over Titans, with administrators desperate to launch an enquiry firstly to learn how the hell they won a game of footy.
Paul Vaughan of the Dragons. (AAP Image/Darren England)
Gould was identified as the perfect choice for a root-and-branch audit of operations, somewhat for a strong record in rugby league administration, but mainly for his penchant for sacking coaches like it’s an involuntary facial tic.
The one-time Panthers boss agreed to fill the brief for no charge, citing his many affinities with St George Illawarra; his strong relationship with coach Paul McGregor, and the Dragons’ qualities as a heartland organisation that is trigger-happy on overshot contract extensions.
While unconfirmed, it is believed Gould will be given a mandate to scrutinise critical executive decisions made by the business, such as its neglect of juniors and grassroots facilities, and why Choc Mundine didn’t give it off in the ’99 grand final.
A cost-to-benefit analysis will also be conducted on the club’s relationship with the Illawarra, with bookkeepers desperate to subject the region to a greater level of pillaging for a reduced amount of gratitude.
While Gould’s appointment has lead to many predictable jokes about his famous “five year plan” from his time at Penrith, it is commonly overlooked this vision was never spruiked with the promise of a premiership.
The former coach’s blueprint was only to overhaul the club’s juniors and financial position, both which he achieved with aplomb by offloading all the club’s favourite sons until the only wage bill remaining was his and whichever three coaches the club was simultaneously paying at the time.
So what recommendations is Gould likely to propose? And can they guarantee the Dragons’ long-term security, possibly keeping the brand in good health until at least 2021?
Whispers suggest his first point of business will be the future of McGregor, with tabloid experts suggesting it is time for the organisation to change tact from hiring former greats in exchange for an outsider, such as former Roosters Craig Fitzgibbon or Jason Ryles.
However, McGregor’s position is believed to be under no threat whatsoever, as Gould only historically sacks coaches on the fringe of the top four.
This stance has even enjoyed public support from club powerbrokers who have guaranteed they will always “keep their coach for the right reasons”, which is because they can’t afford the payout.
The playing roster will also be under fierce scrutiny after questions were posed of the players focus, an accusation denied internally despite Corey Norman playing the final ten minutes on the Gold Coast in a pair of skinny jeans and a disco whistle.
Ben Hunt’s $1.2 million contract will also be combed in fine detail to ensure value for money, with Gould sure to fastidiously dissect the terms of his deal in the hope it permits them to poach his dad.
Ben Hunt of the Dragons celebrates with Zac Lomax after scoring. (AAP Image/Craig Golding)
Elsewhere, the Nine commentator will put the recruitment department under the microscope, mainly to see if it has room to fit Reagan Campbell-Gillard on a seven year deal.
While this is considered clinically insane elsewhere, seven years would provide ample time to offer Campbell-Gillard another additional seven years, by which time the game will have been killed by doctors and lawyers anyway.
Nevertheless, interest is building in what Gould’s findings will present. Despite only just beginning in earnest, many are already tipping a raft of radical recommendations, some even plausible.
Whatever occurs, the club has pledged only a small excerpt of the findings will be revealed to the public. This is believed to be the 365-page chapter blaming the whole of 2019 on Dean Young and Ben Hornby.
It's pretty clear that this Gould review has been created to endorse what everyone knows is going to happen. Mary is staying on as coach...for 2020 anyway.
It will be an easier decision to peddle if the club can say that Gould has endorsed the decision after a detailed review, and hopefully that will keep the fans and media at bay.
The fact that Mary orchestrated this is typical of him. Another sneaky and underhanded way to keep his job just a little bit longer. The guy has mates in high places it seems.
Mary is smart away from the football field.
He's made himself look like part of the solution...calling for a review, getting an outside professional to come in....
He's essentially blaming everyone else except him.
He's the one most at fault. The Dragons played frustrated all year. They were giving it everything far more than not, but the game plan and style of play was so restrictive, so unimaginative, that it stunted their skill sets immensely.
Quite true all of that, however, there is a case to suggest that this restrictive, unimaginative style of play has been there since the outset of McGregor's tenure as coach not only in first grade but when he was coaching Reserve grade as well. So, in reality, we are only witnessing what we knew back in 2014, its only the intensive plunge that has opened some 'blind' eyes.
In my opinion, relying on mates to dig you out of a hole, speaks volumes for the character of the man, especially when it's a hole he dug himself.
Hope he shouts Mcgregor a trip to Honkers!
If Gould was genuine, he would charge to perform the Review.
If he was genuine, he would already know that the place is rotted from the top down.
If he was genuine, he would know that he would need to put in a shift to interview the players and formulate a workable proposal to forward to the board. That takes time, which is money in anyone eyes. Anybody can help out a friend but when something serious is needed and will represent much time to achieve the desired result, you charge accordingly.
Problem is, most the board would be in the plan to be terminated ( if a genuine review was presented ). That's why Gould's 'No Charge' five minute review, ( that will grace the board up to three months time or more ).... will be as useless as tits on a bull.
No, we won't get a real review.
The board will recieve a mock presentation of a review, which will be so diluted of what really needs to be actioned but not be this mob. They make the the Sicilian mafia look like amateurs.
They know exactly what they are doing.
Problem is, so do we the fans ............. there are screwing our club.
Gould after the review...
This article feels like the author couldn’t decide if he was writing for the telegraph or the betoota.
It seems that I have been permanently banned from the NRL forum, unless I apologise to the Admin for my alleged sins, and so for the moment I only post in the club forums or other forums.
Guys hate to be bearer of bad news but review is complete and Mary is safe as houses. Gould was on Sunrise this morning confirming review is complete and our worst held thoughts, he’s safe.
You're kidding? That must have taken Gould all of 5 minutes.
Those dreaded photos again. My estimation of Gould has slipped considerably.
I'm an optimist to a fault. I'll say they are just buying time and he will get the sack in the next month. #wishfulthinking
Safe as Cleary and Griffin.....I'M HOPING!
According to Channel 7 this morning...............
OK, so hes staying? (I know, beyond belief right, but anyway)
Unfortunately the board cant see what the fans see or want.
However, they will be forced to act when these dismal and embarrassing performances continue next year, because they will!
Even with a board member not happy, this was going to always be the inevitable result.
It's almost as if McGregor runs the club....and the only result will be the club going further downhill.
Needs to be a massive broom put through the place...the board are facilitating this....
People need to really consider voting with their feet.....it is pretty much the only option left that may cause change.
Maybe Gus's review was so short as he started talking around he realised we are beyond review. Let the board go into recess and start all over. Every postion is now available.
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