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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