Oldham head coach Scott Naylor has knocked back Garry Schofield’s prediction that they will be relegated in 2017.
The former Great Britain captain made his Championship predictions in his weekly column this week, and tipped the Roughyeds to go down.
“They stayed up in 2016 when many, including me, tipped them to go down, but they’ll face a similar fight this year and I fear they may not be successful,” Schofield said.
“The re-signings of Adam Neal and George Tyson are bonuses, but I just don’t feel they have enough quality in their squad to be confident of finishing above the likes of Swinton, Toulouse or Sheffield.
“Scott Naylor has done a good job so far and my opinion is no slight on him, but I’m sure their fans would bite your hand off for a tenth-placed finish right now.”
However, Naylor, who is selling his cafe to put his efforts solely on the job at hand with Oldham, rubbished Schofield’s thoughts.
“It’s nice to see a legend like Garry showing an interest in us. He has a lot of opinions about everybody else’s teams, but he isn’t always right,” Naylor said.
“He’s entitled to his opinion – sport is all about opinion – but so am I. And I believe we’ll be stronger and better than last year. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t finish higher up this time.
“He’ll be wrong again, but in any event I don’t think what Garry says will have any bearing whatsoever on what Oldham do or don’t do in 2017.”