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In Topic: Sunday's match

Yesterday, 01:49 PM

I'm certainly looking forward to it. Both team are playing well. Be nice to get a decent crowd.

In Topic: Contradiction : An observation

Yesterday, 12:07 AM

Haha, so the two coaches do not communicate is your insinuation? Why have dual reg if you are playing two totally different structures. These two guys played together in a quite successful team together. Perhaps they have something in common. 

In Topic: Rugby League needs to help

24 March 2015 - 04:48 PM

Interesting after some of our recent discussions about Mike Ford. I know this doesn't say anything about Oldham or Scott Naylor.



In Topic: Rugby Oldham

24 March 2015 - 03:00 PM

Thanks for that Geoff, really helpful.

In Topic: Rugby League needs to help

23 March 2015 - 07:55 PM


Let me start by saying I don't doubt that Naylor is a good coach, I have never had a pop at him. I think we're very lucky to have him at our level. I also don't want to start a ###### for tat row or personally attack your view, to which you are entitled.

But you refer to Ford as 'Ford' and to Naylor as 'Nobby'.

This indicates you have a closer relationship and greater affection for 'Nobby'. I fear this, combined with Ford's switch to Union, may cloud your judgement - expert or not.

Now, I too am no expert, and I have never attended a full training session under either coach. But, I'm sure you'll understand if I find it hard to believe that one of our most respected coaches at RL and RU is 'far' inferior to a third tier coach, several of whose contemporaries are already coaching at SL level.

I take into account that Ford was in charge 15 years ago at the start of his coaching career, and that fashions in coaching change and new tactics have been introduced to the game in recent years.

But, what do you think are the differences? Is it the intensity of the training? Communication skills? Drills? Tactical education? Equipment? Conditioning/nutrition? Variety? Relationship building? Discipline/professionalism?

Are these differences down to personal style, development of the game or pure knowledge?

I know Mike Ford far better that Scott Naylor, as i've known Mike since school days but not seen much of him since his Saracens days. My judgement was made on two coaches who were at similar stages of their careers at Oldham. We all know the success Mike has had after serving his apprenticeship in both codes. I hope Scott Naylors is as successful. I'm not going into what goes on at training, i suggest you get down to Oasis academy and take a look. I've been down there since start of pre season in October and the quality and intensity have been amazing in some atrocious conditions.