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"It is a case of a decline in the talent pool in Hull with less school kids playing the game. We've not got the number of talented players. The cost of running a Super League team and an academy is high, sponsors are drifting away and we have a decline in talent.
"That decline in talent and the costs basis means this is a logical step and it's one we believe will help both clubs to produce Super League players.
I can understand the reaction within the city to this news. Its worrying. As a neutral I disagree with Pearson's logic completely. His quote above and his solution proves to me he hasn't tried to solve it - more stick plaster on it.
This may sound stupid - but wouldn't it be better for both clubs to combine efforts and funds to grow the sport back into schools and get kids back into playing from age 4/5/6 upwards?
I have always considered Hull to be a hot bed of RL and I was shocked to see Pearson's statement.
Like John (and probably others) - I have been around this club for a very long time..
I cannot remember a single prevous owner/chairman who has worked as hard as Marc Green to build a relationship with the fan base, who treats us as "customers" and who listens to what is said to him.
Add to that, the speed at which he works to put things right and improve the business - simply the best (and smartest) leader we have had (Since Joe Phillips)
He brings a professionalism to the club not seen before, these "Evening with the Bulls" are very well presented, slick, humourous and very enjoyable. The rappor between Marc, Robbie and Jimmy is a joy to see and the fact its on display to the fans is also a new experience.
For the first time since the Steve McNamara era, I am buzzing with enthusiasm for my own team, something which I thought I would never experience again.
If you have a car - do not miss a visit to Collioure - no rugby but a stunning place to spend a day. Make sure you are hungry - there are load of fantastic eating places and fresh seafood restaurants..
The link below shows you some pics of our visit - the lowest point was watching the game!! All the pics after the one of Oliver Elima are taken in Collioure.
1. It's hard, you talk about lack of engagement – and yet Hood and Khan held endless fans forums and a lot of it was bluster, or as we later discovered just outright lies. It was an illusion of engagement.
What do you want him to say that could realistically go in the public domain? People want “the truth” of the situation, I suspect – to mangle a famous quote – we can’t handle the truth, or it would do more harm than good.
2. With a head coach now in place, and 2nd tier RL to be confirmed in the next month or so, I’d be surprised if wheels weren’t in motion soon and announcements came soon after.
3. To be honest this appointment to me smacks of Noble-lite. Not in terms of ability, but I believe had Noble been appointed, it would have been the single person they could have brought to the club that may well have stopped the crowds drifting away in such large numbers, with a stong proven link to the past. Now Nobby either wasn’t interested or we couldn’t afford him – no point pondering which – but the next best option with a strong link to the glory days who is in coaching is Jimmy. The selling point for the club seems to have been “he is passionate and he likes Bradford and used to play for us” presumably as they think this might get people back through the gates, whilst seemingly ignoring the post 2005 portion of his CV.
4. Now don’t get me wrong, now he’s in charge, I’ll support him – as I would any coach who came in – but that doesn’t mean I think he’s been appointed for the right reasons. If he’d never played for the Bulls I don’t think he would be anywhere near this job and that’s what worries me. Think it’s a total knee jerk.
1. You are correct - BUT as you say - these were damaging. That damage needs to be repaired IMO.. The fans are hugely important to the income of the club.
My gut feeling for Marc Green is totally opposite to what my guts told me about the previous set.
I believe we should be given an opportunity at a truly honest open forum (difficult I know) and exchange views via two way communication and not a single one way press channel.
If he comes across as a true and honest man to a group of fans - that's precisely what is needed.
Personally, I have no interest in the murky waters of the past, I don't see any point in even discussing what has happened as we are not going to alter that.
Its more the detailed plan for the future I really want to discuss.
I guess its obvious here I am pinning my hopes on Marc Greens honesty - so if I am wrong, you would be spot on about the validity of a forum.
If I am wrong and a forum is not what is wanted - I still want to see what is meant by Steve Ferres's quote of engaging with fans and getting us on board.
The management board must know that at some point, they are going to ask us to dig into our wallets - and they need to be successful in doing so.
2. Hope you are correct!
Would have preferred more signings for FC to have worked with but that didn't happen, maybe for the reasons you quote.
I would prefer them to drop the points appeal now and channel the money towards building for next season - this one is already over.
3. I am not sure on that one myself.
Never go back I think. Brian was (part of) the glorious years but trying to repeat something second time around is pretty hard.
You may be right about stemming the leak of fans, but we won't know now.
4. On this one - we can only guess how the appointment process went. If only we were a pair of fly's on that office wall eh ;-)
In fact, thinking about it - I don't even know anything about Steve Ferres's CV (how would I!) - so as far as being confident in his ability to run our club - not a clue!
Would be interested to hear from Cas fans about his successes there?
And if Jimmy has managed to repeat whatever it was that turned Daryl Powell into an astute coach - then whoopee and I shut my cakehole :-)
I said the HR people were idiots, the religious person was acting substantially outside of the norm associated with people of even quite strict Christian faith and very few courts would side with them. Anyway, I should have stopped this rather than responding to the original comment as it's way off topic. Please keep on the original subject.
Well I may have put it in a roundabout way - but essentially its on topic - because where we are going with this issue - is a (flexible) list of words which cannot be used.
Over the years - dependant upon who gains what rights, the insult dictionary will shrink. Still think its going to be difficult to manage on a rugby field.
And as the discussion has developed - I suddenly and belatedly wonder why neither of the players were not sent off for abusing the referee (now switched to Michael Monoghan!)
In fact - I may tweet that question to #ask the refs!