Our problem is the energy draining out of Super League and the sport. It does need a re-vamp, but only a tinkering with.
2 Divisions of 12 with Promotion and Relegation and appropriate parachute payments for relegated sides. Revert to Top 5 play offs and keep the Grand Final, which should have a curtain raiser of the 2nd Division Grand Final before it.
Not difficult is it?
Our problem is the perception of the game. The corporate world thinks we are a joke....the Eddie Stobart farce apparently now makes most sponsors ask why they should pay anything for attaching their name to the sport.......well done Nigel! And I've had that form potential Blue Chip sponsors themselves.
But the British press and sporting fan is a fickle beast- they love a winner and will swoop upon any success in an instant to soak up the feelgood vibe. Just look at Wiggins winning the Tour last year...now everyones a cycling fan!?
And so what we need is simple- to win the World Cup in Autumn against the Aussies. In a single blow our games credibility will soar, and the tide can begin to turn.
We have the players- whether we have a coach with enough intelligence to pick the right ones remains to be seen- and we have the opportunity.
I would also add that its time to bring in the ideas of Koukash etc. Why not? He's a winner in life- alright he's outspoken and has voiced some brash ideas but you need that kind of Richard Branson-esque character to spark ideas.
I would say though Mr Wood has come to the end of the road. We need another "Outsider" to kick our game up the backside as Lewis did and bring the same professionalism he did back to the administration of the game.
If these companies were lining up to sponsor RL, why weren't they there when the engage deal ended? The Stobart deal was accepted because there was no better option.
Are you seriously suggesting that you have spoken to Blue Chip sponsors who were potentially interested in sponsoring RL but now won't because of the Stobart deal. I simply don't believe that.
This argument doesn't stack up.
Foxy, Brut, Heinz, Irn Bru, Tetleys etc are all paying more than Stobart did, but for less coverage - surely the same principle would apply to these sponsors too?