Once they started paying "all" their players, they needed to worry about things like attendances, sponsorship etc etc....they tweak where there are issues (Wales/Scotland/Ireland RFU's all turn over more than the RFL individually BTW) and they are having to learn about "professionalism" the hard way. Before they went openly professional, their English cup comp was the #1 thing......now the Aviva Division and a fully blown European comp is the King.....what I'd give to see the RFL have 10% of the ability or commitment to the game's growth.
Their adjustments could be considered "growing pains".....the RFL yet again messing with the system is more akin to adjusting ones truss.
I'm not convinced its the same 200k that are watching each week. A good majority of fans don't tend to watch neutral games with any great frequency.
Maybe, but I'd say at least 50% of the TV audience SKY get are the same people......maybe even 75%. I watch every game of League going.......did the same in the UK too........there is not a snowballs chance in hell that there are 1,000,000 RL fans in England......if there were, then the RFL would be filling Wembley with the frequency that the other lot fill Twickenham, with no double headers and charging more than a fiver a game.
A coach who was due to be assistant until then end of the season, but then had to step up, inheriting a shambles of a team and players who neither believe in any sort of club culture or want to be part of a losing team. I am sure you will agree, it was always going to be a tough gig.
The coach has now taken the initiative and made ruthless employment decsions. He understands what sort of people he needs to compete in the Championship and if that happens to be players he has previously coached or is familiar with then so be it. It’s on his head next year, plain and simple.
To run him down at this early stage shows an embarrassing naivety on your behalf.
I have little faith in any employee taken on by Hughes but am happy......nay flipping delighted to be proven wrong when it comes to grima, although why my stance needs to be slagged off as naive I am unsure? The latest Spanish Aussie signed banished from cronulla a first team after 2011 and then retired a year later. He has plies his trade as a miner of late and whilst that might twang some traditional heart string, to me it's a major concern.
As for my naivity......I have yet to be wrong about Hughes, his decision
Making or the performance of his employees.......and I don't believe I am now