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Paul McGregor Extension

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Crush, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Mr Spock!

    Mr Spock! Coach

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    Saints had to lock in mcgregors contract so he wouldn't be poached when the panthers/broncos/warriors/knights come calling.
     
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  2. getsmarty

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    What...were they after a Harold Matts coach...LOL
     
  3. Gareth67

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    The bloke infuriates me , leaving Lomax on the bench last night was a prize example of the maestro’s idiocy. That game was won by good fortune - not by a a well coached side who who bludgeoned the Sea Eagles come back .

    And pounds to peanuts we will lose a number of matches this year because of the replacements who are too damn busy pulling the splinters out of their posteriors ( can I use that word ? )

    Mary for pity sake , use the entire bench to prevent fatigue setting in and also to give the young guns plenty of game time and experience - otherwise they will be snapped up very quickly by clubs that can see their true worth .
     
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  4. The calm one

    The calm one Juniors

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    Congratulations Paul.
     
  5. Como Connection

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    Illawarra Mafia
    CC
     
  6. Forster Dragon

    Forster Dragon Juniors

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    The worst coach is the Dragons history.
     
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  7. Old Timer

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    Trying to understand the 2 years only
    They obviously think he can win a comp so if that comes this year year or within the next 2 years why would you then get rid of the coach?
    If not having won a comp in 5.5 years was not a deterrent to extending him then he should have been signed for at least 4 if not longer.
     
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  8. possm

    possm Coach

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    I'm still spewing over this extension. I wish something could be done and feel so frustrated that there is nothing that can be done. I'd like to see his mates - if he has any, to take him out for a few drinks and then ask him to drive home. Surely another DUI would seal the deal.
     
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  9. hewi

    hewi Juniors

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    Yep, he would repent and get 4 years.
     
  10. denis preston

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    I absolutely so no evidence in any change in team management to offset the mid season meltdown , although McGregor has been quoted that they have. He still plays the 17th man infrequently and appears to be already playing players injured. The side is going well at present but are playing the same brand of unsustainable aggressive forward dominated high intensity work rate that they have for the past 3 seasons. Please tell me someone what is the difference and why we won't go the same way as the past ?
     
  11. LINESPEED

    LINESPEED Juniors

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    One finals win in 6yrs tells a tale of rank failure

    Nothing will change

    Backup forwards need blooding NOW to prepare for the 3-4 on SOO duty?
    Jai needs minutes NOW to replace Benny?
    Zac should’ve played #3 FROM Rd1

    Where are the match fit NRL back replacements ready to go?

    Our bog average centre pair have been together since 2016 -

    with NO success & no attempt made at rotation or rejuvenation for readymade depth in case of injury or fatigue

    Blind loyalty prevails over improved stats, combinations & results

    Having watched Gasnier from 1959-67 it does my head in watching this pair fudge their limited trade over 4 desperately dull backline years.

    Without a significant injury toll, we all know that none of the above can now change with Brian’s man at the wheel
     
  12. bubs

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    I'm just stoked the Sharks didn't have to sacrifice 2 points this year like we had to for the LAST Mary extension. 2 points in exchange for 3 years of Queens mediocrity was a high price to pay, but in the end probably worth it.
     
  13. KogarahWarrior

    KogarahWarrior Juniors

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    they were looking for someone to do the oranges at half-time..
     
  14. rednwhites

    rednwhites Juniors

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    Too much responsibility for him. Players would have to cut and serve them by themselves but he'll still get paid nicely.
     
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  15. ruthless dragon

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    Way it is, they are playing ok at the moment.
    Reality is who else is out there?
     
  16. rednwhites

    rednwhites Juniors

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    6 months is a long time in rugby league. They didn't need to move so quick to secure him. The board re-signed him because they believe in his ability as a successful coach. Way it is, he's got a 50% winning rate.
     
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  17. smi962

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    I wanna see if he can get the team playing well in the 2nd half of the season (something he has never managed) before a resigning was considered.
     
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  18. The calm one

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    Good point, well said.
     
  19. Dennis Papaioannou

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    Nothing has changed at all.
    2 losses
    2 Golden point wins from Norman 40m FGs - sensational but hard to depend on those too often.
    Flogged a second rate Canterbury by bullying their forwards AND
    Lucky to beat a plucky Manly in the last few minutes.
    Happy to get the competition points but I see no difference from previous years.
    If the forwards dominate opposition packs we usually win.
    When that starts to fade, so do the results.
    Consistently using 16 players will end up repeating previous fades.
     
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  20. possm

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    I'm still really gutted over the extension decision and can't see my way clear to accepting it. I'll always support the Saints but I am sure will blame every game loss and every junior loss on this decision.

    God help me, I'm getting too old to feel so upset about something I have no control over.
     

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