I must admit I was full of enthusiasm when Bobby Goulding was appointed as Anthony Murray's successor, but after a disastrous season I'm far from convinced that Bobby is the right coach to steer us back up again. I know he can't be blamed for the pathetic recruitment drive and pre-season but he's had plenty of time to turn the fortunes round, it could even be argued that the team are playing even worse than under Murray. Some of the tackling I have witnessed this season has been absolutely diabolical, powder puff springs to mind, no team at whatever level will win games of Rugby with defence so poor.
Bobby decided to go down the duel reg route with Salford when he took over, the decision split everyone's opinion when it was announced, the partnership began very promising we were loaned the likes of Evalds and Walton who were brilliant for us, they were soon recalled and are now permanent fixtures for Salford, good luck to these players of course, but since then the deal has just fizzled away to nothing, we haven't had a single player off Salford for well over a month.
If the Bod do decide to offer Bobby a long term deal, surely it can't be the 3 year contract that he is harbouring after. I would offer him a 2 year deal based on the club gaining promotion after his 1st season.
The obvious benefit of having Goulding remain as coach, would be the continuity of him being able to build his team and have a proper pre-season, unlike last season where we were into November before the appointment of Murray was sorted, a lot of the better players had found contracts with other clubs by then.
It's obvious we need our better local players like Harrison, Campbell, Dawson, Mossop & Toal to form the backbone of next season's squad. It would be great to sign up travellers like Jones and Grant but the latter is far too good a player for the 3rd tier of RL. I believe Bullock has signed a new contract at Leigh, just rewards for a player who has been without doubt our best forward this season.
I would be very interested to hear what other Raiders fans think about this very important decision.
Edited by 5 drives 4 a drive, 25 July 2014 - 06:38 PM.