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Sean Long to coach Broncos, Tony Rea to CEO. What could possibly go wrong?


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#1 The Daddy_merged

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 06:57 PM

More bad decisions with more bad endings.

#2 nadera78

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:17 PM

More bad decisions with more bad endings.

Yep. Rea has been CEO before and I've seen nothing to suggest he'll be any better at it this time around. As for Sean Long as head coach, blimey. 

 

If this is the way they're going about it then we'll be in this exact same situation next year.


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:25 PM

who else is throwing their hats in the ring?
but you and I weve been through that and this is not our fate.
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#4 Doghead

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:25 PM

Ian Ramsdale, on Twitter says Longy took a training session at the proposed new ground last week.



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:43 PM

I.m sure the decisions being taken by the RFL/London are just to get through 27 fixtures and survive in some form until next September.The consequences of them pulling out now with Sky,and other clubs sponsors,season ticket holders etc means they will do all they can to fullfill these requirements.



#6 Saintslass

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 08:01 PM

Yep. Rea has been CEO before and I've seen nothing to suggest he'll be any better at it this time around. As for Sean Long as head coach, blimey. 

 

While it is probably too soon for Longy in a head coach role, I wouldn't dismiss him so scathingly as a coach per se.  He made a tangible difference to Salford when he was second in command there and apparently had a similar impact on Featherstone during his brief sojourn there (although I base that upon comments by only a few Featherstone fans).  Daniel Anderson was quoted as saying he would make a good coach back when he (Anderson that is) was head coach at Saints and I don't think he would make such comments lightly. 

 

Personally, and bearing in mind our perennial lack of halfbacks (and Andrew Johns' comment on their paucity being the main reason we are not beating Australia), I would encourage the RFL to appoint Longy as a talent spotter for national halfbacks and put him in charge of some kind of halfback academy to focus upon developing talent for the national side.  He was a gifted player and evidence suggests he has something to offer on the coaching front also.



#7 Father Ted

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 08:06 PM

Just suppose they hire 5 NRL men, Wigan, Wire & HullFC say loan them players and they finish twelfth.
I thought Longy did well at Salford as backs coach. Their 3/4 and halves looked impressive at times, just their forwards were dreadful.
It will be interesting to see who is appointed asst coach and who the fitness/conditioning people are and where they come from.
I think London will survive and others will face the drop especially if SL remains at 14 clubs.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 09:24 PM

[quote name="bamfordsbeans" post="2849882" timestamp="1386618216"]I.m sure the decisions being taken by the RFL/London are just to get through 27 fixtures and survive in some form until next September.The consequences of them pulling out now with Sky,and other clubs sponsors,season ticket holders etc means they will do all they can to fullfill these requirements.[/quote
Unfortunately that is how I see it.if they were serious I think they would go for an ambitious young Aussie coach like Catalans and Hull KR have done in the past. He would do a good job, probably stay a couple of years and then get a good job in the NRL. You just never know though.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:36 PM

Ian Ramsdale, on Twitter says Longy took a training session at the proposed new ground last week.

With how many players?
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#10 South Wakefield Sharks

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:54 PM

With how many players?


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:58 PM

Long will make it interesting. There was more info about Broncos in the short interview with Long in the paper today than we've had in ages. Can't keel his mouth shut, so at least London fans will know what is going on. He can't do any worse than Rea or the lad before.

In the long run, we do need to keep players like him in the game to provide specialist coaching. Tommy Martyn said that he does a tiny bit too, but most clubs aren't interested in the sort of specialist coaching that NRL clubs do.

#12 eal

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:15 PM

Sean Long might need to be a player/coach at the rate the Broncos are going.



#13 Padge

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:17 PM

The way the RFL are going at the moment I'm surprised he's not been announced is McNamara's replacement.


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#14 eal

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:23 PM

The way the RFL are going at the moment I'm surprised he's not been announced is McNamara's replacement.

 

McNamara was about as qualified when he was hired.



#15 nadera78

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:52 PM

While it is probably too soon for Longy in a head coach role, I wouldn't dismiss him so scathingly as a coach per se.  He made a tangible difference to Salford when he was second in command there and apparently had a similar impact on Featherstone during his brief sojourn there (although I base that upon comments by only a few Featherstone fans).  Daniel Anderson was quoted as saying he would make a good coach back when he (Anderson that is) was head coach at Saints and I don't think he would make such comments lightly. 

 

Personally, and bearing in mind our perennial lack of halfbacks (and Andrew Johns' comment on their paucity being the main reason we are not beating Australia), I would encourage the RFL to appoint Longy as a talent spotter for national halfbacks and put him in charge of some kind of halfback academy to focus upon developing talent for the national side.  He was a gifted player and evidence suggests he has something to offer on the coaching front also.

Sean Long was a great player but we also, and remains to this day, a liability off the field. It's unlikely he'll last the season without some sort of self-inflicted incident.

 

Add this to the re-instatement of Rea as CEO, a role he held previously and was poor at, and their very, very, very final roll of the dice is not getting off to a good start.


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#16 statties

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:11 AM

How many more terrible decisions can be made on behalf of a club before they just die. My god, it seems the club haven't made a decent hire of senior management since Mac and Paul Brown

#17 EastLondonMike

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:28 AM

Never been a fan of Sean Long, as a player or a person, BUT i think he seems to have something about him as a coach, whether he'll have any longevity as a coach i don't know, as he does always find a way to mess it all up by doing something stupid.

And as this season does appear to be about getting the Bronco's to the starting post first and foremost, and then hopefully finding a new buyer over the course of next season, i don't have that much of a problem with Sean Long being given the coaches role.

Its no doubt more about finding a suitable coach for the money on offer, rather than finding the best possible coach.

Things can't really get any worse at the club than they are can they?!

I only hope David Hughes doesn't take Sean Long down the pub for their meetings as he usually does (allegedly)..


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#18 The Daddy_merged

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:06 AM

Never been a fan of Sean Long, as a player or a person, BUT i think he seems to have something about him as a coach, whether he'll have any longevity as a coach i don't know, as he does always find a way to mess it all up by doing something stupid.

And as this season does appear to be about getting the Bronco's to the starting post first and foremost, and then hopefully finding a new buyer over the course of next season, i don't have that much of a problem with Sean Long being given the coaches role.

Its no doubt more about finding a suitable coach for the money on offer, rather than finding the best possible coach.

Things can't really get any worse at the club than they are can they?!

I only hope David Hughes doesn't take Sean Long down the pub for their meetings as he usually does (allegedly)..


That might explain some of the management decisions he's made over the past few years.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:54 AM

Ah, well, if it all does end in tears at least it'll have been interesting. The Russians have a saying 'if you're going to die, die with music' - we could do it with Wagner AND Verdi writing the score!!


Edited by Chronicler of Chiswick, 10 December 2013 - 09:55 AM.


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:59 AM

I spoke to Sean on Sunday, he was on the train on the way to London. It's all going ahead: http://www.totalrl.c...roncos-survive/


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