I re-state that I have no personal axe to grind with Kevin Nicholas, I re-state that I have been for him as mush as agin him when he has come in for some ear bashing from other fans. I have agreed with him to draw a line under the matter on a different trend, and would suggest that any criticisms always be made in a proper, unabusive manner. We all, including Kevin, post our feelings and they are just that, not threats of assassination!!
I believe myself to be one of those 'undesireable supporters' to whom KN refers. Sorry, due to different working patterns I can't get to games as much as I would like, especially away games, but as Distant comments, that doesn't detract from the fact that we all want success for our team. I have followed Batley since 1960, so am not a recent comer or fly by night and have done my time travelling up and down the country in that time, and can probably say that I've seen Batley play on every ground they have except Southend. I have supported KN on numerous occasions (even if referring to him as our Ken Bates didn't actually do him any favours!) and continue to do so, but I do hope he takes on board some of the more positive comments that supporters make. Not many complain just for the sake of an argument, not to wear him out, but because they care. I believe that Batley has a very knowledgeable fan base and there are many salient points raised on this forum (even by Dewsbury fans, thanks lads!!). Many of those points may refer to one particular subject, and I have been very vociferous on the point, but KN's the man in charge, he will end up doing what he thinks is right whether we agree or not, we will have to rally to the mast and hope.
14-30. Decent back line up Craven Rettie Ainscough Squires Brown Southernwood Leetherbarrow, proper half backs must play tomorrow. Knowing the tinkerman he'll play Ainscough at fb and Cosgrove at centre, or even a 2nd rower. If we win we look safe and can start to plan better for next season, starting with a coach.
Listen, most of us are just about man enough to sit in the stand in a body warmer, 2 coats, hat and gloves and shoutw and complain all afternoon. Takes more of a man to be out on the field getting knocked about, bruised, with chance of getting a serious injury and ending up in a hospital bed by 5 o'clock. If Keegan ever though that fans would
think any less of him I hope he's realised that they
don't.He's still a 6'4 prop forward, that hasn't changed and as far as Dogs fans are concerned that's what matters.
Listen, who really cares? He's Keegan Hirst, prop forward for Batley Bulldogs, it hasn't altered who he is to his mates, or what he does. He'll just get on with it and keep doing what he does, good enough for me.
Is he the one who was at Dewsbury and played against us in last Boxing Day match? Looked decent to me but that was then. If not good enough a) for Rams then b)for Hunslet, must have gone downhill. I'm surprised that nobody has yet replied to Kevin Nicholas, so I will; the sensible ones amongst us see the fact that you're like Ken Bates was at Leeds United: everybody wanted a pop at him whilst forgetting that if it hadn't been for him there wouldn't have been a club there at all. So in that respect we will be ever thankful. We also realise that although you keep telling us that money isn't an issue, most of it, if not all, is yours and your board members', probably got by re-mortgaging houses etc to take over the club in the first place, and I can see why there has to be an amount of prudent house-keeping. Where I fall in with many is the fact that we can see what trots out of the sheds on a Sunday at 3 at limps back in at half 4. We can see the disappointment on faces, and can't tell if it's because they haven't done the job as they were told, or haven't been told the job in the first place. This is where fans feel they can have a pop: because in either of those scenarios the buck stops with the coaching staff who seemingly can't motivate enough, and this is why the majority feel the club is now being let down. You have lots of lousy decisions to make clearly, not least of all how to improve the lot of the club, it's finances and what it owes you. It is pretty clear to most that the lot of the club isn't going to improve with the current coach and the squad as it is, hence neither are finances as fans are dwindling. How you go about sorting that out is your worry, but please don't go on forever being 'the gentleman', get dirty on occasions if you have to. John Kear did the club a massive favour; whoever would have expected that a coach fresh out of SL would have ever thought to come to Batley? But he did, credit to you and him. The raising of our profile was immense at that time, and that he took us to a Grand Final (not forgetting that it was from 5th place and knocking over 2 massive sides that season in Featherstone and Leigh) will never be overlooked. However, since then, due to any number of things we haven't been in the same ballpark and things have to change. For John to leave wouldn't be hard on him, he has plenty irons in the fire, and I believe that those who call weekly for him to go would actually agree with my sentiments and wish him well, but something new has to happen.
There's that word again-coach, coupled with astute. Do we have one with or without the astute tag? A new capable coach is as imperative as the leading half back. KevN has to accept that the last 2 seasons have been washouts and a new approach is needed. I read in the League Express how John Kear is telling us that he's re-signing players for stability next season. That sets alarm
bells ringing on 2 fronts; 1 is that he doesn't intend not being here next season (and we all know KN's 'we don't sack coaches' ethic) and 2 he still thinks the squad is good enough as it is....Oh oh!
Ok BB and DD!! We have a motion elsewhere to get rid of personal fall outs. Enough now, as is pointed out elsewhere we discuss RL in general and Batley in particular, the government's education website may be the better forum for you! Thanks, MOD.
Spelling mistakes aside!! I'm concerned at the possibility that players are re-signing via discussions including John Kear who I believe the majority of fans don't want in charge next year. His type of coaching is out dated for the modern game, try as he might I don't believe he can coach flair, even if he had a team overflowing with it. True, those who have signed are players that fans admire but my fear is that we will continue in the same vein and sign players who either don't produce or are overly susceptible to injury, we know who they are. We don't want to be re-signing players just for the sake of it as IF we do get a new coach he will have his own ideas and may not want some of those players. This is what leads me to believe that Kear is safe.
I am totally at a loss regarding this weekendd. We keep saying that we're going into important games; we've built up a head of steam since Bradford and I felt we were likely to do well enough in the 8's. This weekend's game is important in giving us who we will get at home yet Kear decides it's another chance to tinker. Maybe
he thinks we're going to be good enough to do well anyway regardless. Mitchell must still be
injured as he's stood in at 6 already this season.
What's happened to Gledhil lately, and as I've said
elsewhere how can we be sending players out on
loan when we've had such a struggle ourselves?
Funny how, until Ulugia, there's been nobody
avaliable to us yet we can put 2 out. AND, If I was
either of those 2 I'd be looking at the record of
Batley in ever bringing back loanees. Just as we
were thinking things were looking up we're back to
scratching our heads in disbelief. Confirms the opinion of the majority that we must lose Kear.
Injuries? Where's Southernwood for Sunday? No stand off for this big game. Then after a season of struggles and injuries and looking for loanee halves who weren't there (??) we can send 2 players out on loan. With our recent history of loaning out that's the end of their time at Batley as I can't remember anyone other than JC coming back.