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Sean Long to coach Broncos, Tony Rea to CEO. What could possibly go wrong?

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More bad decisions with more bad endings.

Yep. Rea has been CEO before and I've seen nothing to suggest he'll be any better at it this time around. As for Sean Long as head coach, blimey. 

 

If this is the way they're going about it then we'll be in this exact same situation next year.

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Ian Ramsdale, on Twitter says Longy took a training session at the proposed new ground last week.

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I.m sure the decisions being taken by the RFL/London are just to get through 27 fixtures and survive in some form until next September.The consequences of them pulling out now with Sky,and other clubs sponsors,season ticket holders etc means they will do all they can to fullfill these requirements.

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Yep. Rea has been CEO before and I've seen nothing to suggest he'll be any better at it this time around. As for Sean Long as head coach, blimey. 

 

While it is probably too soon for Longy in a head coach role, I wouldn't dismiss him so scathingly as a coach per se.  He made a tangible difference to Salford when he was second in command there and apparently had a similar impact on Featherstone during his brief sojourn there (although I base that upon comments by only a few Featherstone fans).  Daniel Anderson was quoted as saying he would make a good coach back when he (Anderson that is) was head coach at Saints and I don't think he would make such comments lightly. 

 

Personally, and bearing in mind our perennial lack of halfbacks (and Andrew Johns' comment on their paucity being the main reason we are not beating Australia), I would encourage the RFL to appoint Longy as a talent spotter for national halfbacks and put him in charge of some kind of halfback academy to focus upon developing talent for the national side.  He was a gifted player and evidence suggests he has something to offer on the coaching front also.

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Just suppose they hire 5 NRL men, Wigan, Wire & HullFC say loan them players and they finish twelfth.

I thought Longy did well at Salford as backs coach. Their 3/4 and halves looked impressive at times, just their forwards were dreadful.

It will be interesting to see who is appointed asst coach and who the fitness/conditioning people are and where they come from.

I think London will survive and others will face the drop especially if SL remains at 14 clubs.

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I.m sure the decisions being taken by the RFL/London are just to get through 27 fixtures and survive in some form until next September.The consequences of them pulling out now with Sky,and other clubs sponsors,season ticket holders etc means they will do all they can to fullfill these requirements.[/quote

Unfortunately that is how I see it.if they were serious I think they would go for an ambitious young Aussie coach like Catalans and Hull KR have done in the past. He would do a good job, probably stay a couple of years and then get a good job in the NRL. You just never know though.

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Ian Ramsdale, on Twitter says Longy took a training session at the proposed new ground last week.

With how many players?

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Long will make it interesting. There was more info about Broncos in the short interview with Long in the paper today than we've had in ages. Can't keel his mouth shut, so at least London fans will know what is going on. He can't do any worse than Rea or the lad before.

In the long run, we do need to keep players like him in the game to provide specialist coaching. Tommy Martyn said that he does a tiny bit too, but most clubs aren't interested in the sort of specialist coaching that NRL clubs do.

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Sean Long might need to be a player/coach at the rate the Broncos are going.

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The way the RFL are going at the moment I'm surprised he's not been announced is McNamara's replacement.

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The way the RFL are going at the moment I'm surprised he's not been announced is McNamara's replacement.

 

McNamara was about as qualified when he was hired.

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While it is probably too soon for Longy in a head coach role, I wouldn't dismiss him so scathingly as a coach per se.  He made a tangible difference to Salford when he was second in command there and apparently had a similar impact on Featherstone during his brief sojourn there (although I base that upon comments by only a few Featherstone fans).  Daniel Anderson was quoted as saying he would make a good coach back when he (Anderson that is) was head coach at Saints and I don't think he would make such comments lightly. 

 

Personally, and bearing in mind our perennial lack of halfbacks (and Andrew Johns' comment on their paucity being the main reason we are not beating Australia), I would encourage the RFL to appoint Longy as a talent spotter for national halfbacks and put him in charge of some kind of halfback academy to focus upon developing talent for the national side.  He was a gifted player and evidence suggests he has something to offer on the coaching front also.

Sean Long was a great player but we also, and remains to this day, a liability off the field. It's unlikely he'll last the season without some sort of self-inflicted incident.

 

Add this to the re-instatement of Rea as CEO, a role he held previously and was poor at, and their very, very, very final roll of the dice is not getting off to a good start.

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How many more terrible decisions can be made on behalf of a club before they just die. My god, it seems the club haven't made a decent hire of senior management since Mac and Paul Brown

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Never been a fan of Sean Long, as a player or a person, BUT i think he seems to have something about him as a coach, whether he'll have any longevity as a coach i don't know, as he does always find a way to mess it all up by doing something stupid.

And as this season does appear to be about getting the Bronco's to the starting post first and foremost, and then hopefully finding a new buyer over the course of next season, i don't have that much of a problem with Sean Long being given the coaches role.

Its no doubt more about finding a suitable coach for the money on offer, rather than finding the best possible coach.

Things can't really get any worse at the club than they are can they?!

I only hope David Hughes doesn't take Sean Long down the pub for their meetings as he usually does (allegedly)..

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Never been a fan of Sean Long, as a player or a person, BUT i think he seems to have something about him as a coach, whether he'll have any longevity as a coach i don't know, as he does always find a way to mess it all up by doing something stupid.

And as this season does appear to be about getting the Bronco's to the starting post first and foremost, and then hopefully finding a new buyer over the course of next season, i don't have that much of a problem with Sean Long being given the coaches role.

Its no doubt more about finding a suitable coach for the money on offer, rather than finding the best possible coach.

Things can't really get any worse at the club than they are can they?!

I only hope David Hughes doesn't take Sean Long down the pub for their meetings as he usually does (allegedly)..

That might explain some of the management decisions he's made over the past few years.

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Ah, well, if it all does end in tears at least it'll have been interesting. The Russians have a saying 'if you're going to die, die with music' - we could do it with Wagner AND Verdi writing the score!!

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Thinking about it overnight it seems increasingly likely that the plan is simply to get to the starting gate and complete the fixture list - Hughes fulfills his commitment for the 3 year licence, the RFL get to complete their fixtures, Kleanthouse has 12 months to access further grants for his stadium. In which case they should have the good grace to tell us all so that the few fans who haven't yet been driven away can make a decision about their level of involvement with this charade.

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Sean Long doesn't seem to stay anywhere too long these days. I suppose with the state London are in, there are less people for him to fall out with.  

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Unfortunately that is how I see it.if they were serious I think they would go for an ambitious young Aussie coach like Catalans and Hull KR have done in the past. He would do a good job, probably stay a couple of years and then get a good job in the NRL. You just never know though.

As opposed to an ambitious young British coach?

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He didn't do a bad job at fev , they certainly upped a gear when he took over and were scoring points for fun... only bad result was when they lost in the playoffs to Batley , but on that day Batley were well up for it and deserved to go through and was 2nd best game i saw last season with only WC semi england v new zealand beating it

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