The Courier-Mail

Time to Go, take Tay­lor with you

- DEAN RITCHIE

FOR­MER Bal­main coach Alan Jones has called on Wests Tigers to sack coach Jason Tay­lor and the NRL to dump chair­woman Ma­rina Go.

In a sting­ing tirade against his for­mer club, Jones took aim at Go and Tay­lor for their con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to push skip­per Rob­bie Farah out of Concord.

Jones, who coached Bal­main be­tween 1991 and 1993, said: “She (Go) is now us­ing a proud club, the equiv­a­lent in Aus­tralian cul­ture of South Syd­ney and Colling­wood, that’s the sort of fol­low­ing it’s got, and she has run it into the ground in 12 months.

“Go, go. That’s the an­swer. Live ac­cord­ing to the name – go. This a power strug­gle be­tween Tay­lor and Farah. Tay­lor, I can as­sure you, won’t win. The public can’t cop this sort of thing. She goes, he goes. When is she go­ing to go?

“The bloke can’t se­lect and can’t coach. My un­der­stand­ing is that the play­ers sup­port Rob­bie Farah. When a club is in dif­fi­culty, you need iconic fig­ures like this to drag the young kids through.”

The NRL-run club is in tur­moil af­ter Farah was told he would be re­leased from the fi­nal two years of his con­tract. Jones de­scribed Farah as “iconic”.

“Lau­rie Da­ley has a lot of stand­ing in the com­mu­nity. He had no hes­i­ta­tion go­ing on tele­vi­sion the other night and say­ing Rob­bie Farah would be his State of Ori­gin hooker,’’ Jones said.

“So he’s good enough for NSW but not good enough for the non-coach, Jason Tay­lor.’’

The NRL yesterday con­tin­ued to throw its sup­port be­hind the Wests Tigers board.

An NRL spokesman said player sign­ing and re­ten­tion were a mat­ter for each club to de­ter­mine.

“Since the new board was ap­pointed the Wests Tigers have be­come more func­tional with im­proved gov­er­nance,” the spokesman said.

“And that is why the new board was put in place.

“The fans de­serve a se­cure and suc­cess­ful club and we be­lieve the board will help de­liver that for them.”

Wests Tigers have en­dured a hor­ri­ble sea­son and are equal last on the com­pe­ti­tion ta­ble.

 ??  ?? TENSE: Jason Tay­lor and Rob­bie Farah eye each other off be­fore Sun­day’s game.
TENSE: Jason Tay­lor and Rob­bie Farah eye each other off be­fore Sun­day’s game.

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