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  1. If they are genuinely tight against the cap with the squad they have at present, (minus Hurrell and Merrin who I presume are the two marquees), then they are worse run as a club than I thought. I know there is a shortage of UK born half backs, but if you think Richie Myler is the answer to your problems, then you are in trouble. As for Carnegie, their playing budget for 18/19 was more than the SL salary cap at around £2.3 million, yet the club only had guaranteed revenues of the £600k from the RFU. The rest was coming from some daft individual willing to chuck away a load of cash. Said daft individual obviously had a knock to the head, saw sense and pulled out. Hence the club now in the process of going out of business. Hetherington has obviously done great things for the Leeds club over the years, but right now he is firefighting on two fronts. Be interesting to see if he is up to it.
  2. I imagine Leeds is more than a little financially restricted at the moment. Any contributions from Carnegie to the costs of running Leeds Rugby and Headingley are more than likely to disappear and something will have to fill the void - apparently the RU lot were paying about £400k for playing at Carnegie. Which is a bit of a hole in a set of accounts somewhere in GH's empire. Strange how it all seems to be unravelling quite quickly at Leeds. RU side going out of business, RL side really in the mire.
  3. The article clearly says that there are World Rugby related pitch size issues with the soccer ground.
  4. ........is thinking that whatever happens in Aus, even if he spends his time playing bush rugby, it has to be far better than being part of the worst Leeds team in decades.
  5. If there was a General Election tomorrow, I seriously doubt any of the MPs currently sitting under the Change UK banner would be returned. I would expect the Lib Dems to continue their comeback, particularly in the South West, where IIRC Cameron had managed to nab a few seats for the Conservatives. As long as Corbyn is leader, I actually think Labour will shed a lot of votes to the Lib Dems as Remain voting Labour voters have realised that the messiah is actually not their friend on this issue. Whereas Vince is, (if they can just hold their noses long enough to vote for a man who served in a Conservative government). TBH, if you think Parliament is in a state now, I think it will be worse after a GE. The Tories will be out of power, Labour will not have a majority, the Lib Dems will be a stronger group with an important role to play number wise. Labour will need a coalition in order to govern, but good luck getting either the Lib Dems or the SNP to agree to that with Corbyn in charge. And Corbyn will not go without the Labour party tearing itself apart. The Brexit party is a single issue party which will not win any meaningful number of seats in Parliament. In short, no-one will be able to get a majority together and as with the WA, it will be stalemate.
  6. Now possibly going to work for the French national team who have offered a 4 year contract. What a tart.
  7. Very amusing development. After all the hoo-haa, seems like Wales has only offered Edwards a 2 year contract. And he will be co-defense coach, seeing that the new head coach had already hired someone to do the defense job. Apparently Edwards is not happy, and could end up back at Wasps. Where he will probably get the 4 year contract he is looking for, but lets be honest given the financial mess Wasps are in, he may well be looking elsewhere before those 4 years are up. Little bit of karma in all that.
  8. What's the deal with Newcastle? Running Rugby says Newcastle Rugby has posted a loss of £3.9 million, up quite a bit on the previous year. The RU team are looking a good bet to be relegated this season which will not do the financials any good whatsoever. Where does the RL side fit in all this in terms of financing? Is it kind of like a reverse Rhinos/ Carnegie set up?
  9. Oh no doubts the Wigan job will attract a top class RL coach. But I think Wigan needs more than that, and your SMT seemed to acknowledge as much last summer during all the fanfare about Edwards' appointment. The situation can be Campbell'd all you like but the SMT has stuffed up on this. I always got the impression that Lenegan was a shrewd businessman but he comes out of this looking a bit of an amateur. Be interesting to see who is at Wigan next season.
  10. People go on about how there are no household names in English RL, and as a result the outside world knows nothing of the sport. Whilst Edwards might not be known in every household in the land, he is certainly a very high profile figure in British sport and beyond. To that extent were he to move to RL with Wigan, I think it would be fair to say he would have the highest media profile of anyone involved in the sport, and I would like to think that profile could be managed not only for the benefit of the Wigan club, but for the wider sport of RL. There would be significant marketing opportunities around for example Shaun Edwards taking Wigan to a Challenge Cup final. Personally, I think the ship has sailed on this one and the Wigan SMT have properly stuffed up.
  11. He did say last year, during the presser to announce the deal, that he was taking a risk (coming back to RL) and that he could earn a lot more in RU. I cannot see him coming back. Which is a real shame as he could have been a positive thing for both Wigan and the game of RL. The sport needs a sprinkling of stardust and Edwards could have been the man to bring it. I think Lenegan has a lot of questions to answer over this, both from Wigan fans and the other chairs.
  12. Cat and pigeons comes Cat and pigeons comes to mind.
  13. Well I imagine it would certainly work out cheaper than developing Odsal. Question is, what potential is there for non rugby commercial revenue generation? On the rugby side, I suppose it is close enough to Wigan for the club to relocate there when the Latics owners start getting funny about rugby being played at the DW.
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