1st Grade Fringe
- Jan 27, 2016
I think management took Mannering's emotions to heart and did what was best for him. Mannering concurred. Shauny J in 2018
Why didn't it work when Price was captain then? He was the vocal leader you want so bad. How did that end?This is the crux of it for me. Mannering - great, great player though he is...the team needed and will always need more than leading by example.
Assuming Hoffman's appointment means that he is happy in Auckland and is 100% fit etc, then he's the right man for the job. There's no question about that. His seniority and achievements command respect, he has total commitment and he talks to the young guys on the field when they need it.
I'd say our chances for 2016 have just gone up several notches.
Stay fit, Hoff!
Where is the club wrong in the decision making process? Johnson has admitted that he is not ready for the job.First time I think the club has got something seriously wrong in their major decision-making for quite some time. Mannering is, hands-down my first choice, but if he doesn't want the job fair enough - they have to appoint someone. Hoffman is a stop-gap measure at best however. He is a true pro and will bust his ass for the team but I would much prefer Johnson to take over now.
Luke can assist and fill in but there comes a great responsibility as club captain that goes beyond steering the team around the park. Johnson ticks all of those boxes.
Reckon they have this one wrong.
It's a funny one. I got the email and my thoughts were;this is similar to the flag debate...
I'm no fan of the current flag and I would be totally in favour of changing it to another, better option that makes logical sense.
The one we have been offered is not to my taste.
I don't have faith in Mannering's captaincy and wanted him replaced (I admire him hugely as a player)
However, I really don't like the offered replacement.
Hoffman is a first choice player, no brainer there for me... be he is probably not here next year and there are rumours of him being unhappy here.
It's a funny one. I got the email and my thoughts were;
Good for Simon - courageous
Good replacement - Hoffman
Has a voice so the forums complaints answered
Forum rumours must be horseshit rumours
Gee we go off early on horseshit rumours
This will hopefully stop that......
Ha! Who am I kidding?!?
That is all.
WTF been busy at work and missed calls from the Bros and Nek Minnit get farked.
Shot Manners that would have been causing him some sleepless nights, big call but he has done the right thing by his team.
Hoffman will excel and I think we will only benefit by this decision.
The reason I didn't want Manners as Cap is simple as and had very little to do with his ability but was far more logical.
Referering and the way a Captain imposes himself has far more to it than just wanting an answer and after many years of Manners giving up instead of demanding an answer and putting it back on the Refereeing and buying the team time, this can only be good IMO.
The Hoff will buy our team 20 to 60 secs each break down just demanding an explanation.
This will bring out the best in Simon, you're a fool if you dont have him as your SC Captain.
Much respect to Simon this would have been an immensely difficult decision.
Thats some Samurai shit.
Good captains are always at the referee, Cameron Smith would be the best at it. Sure they aren't going to change a decision but they might think twice next time. Steve Price was at them so much I think he was the most unpopular captain in the NRL.Did you forget, the rules changed last year and the captains are not allowed to approach the ref and demand an explanation. Besides when did that ever change a decision, especially when a quick tap is allowed.
Price was a hard nosed Australian style pro. He played his role to the max and expected everybody else to do the same. I don't know what the actual problem was but my guess he was not very inclusive, the personal car from the airport is an example. It might have worked in Australia but not with the sensitive new age guys we had here.Why didn't it work when Price was captain then? He was the vocal leader you want so bad. How did that end?
Before they signed him I had always thought he was the ideal guy for the club, but after he joined I changed my mind. I just don't think he ever fitted for some reason. Just my opinion though, I don't know the guy personally.Still a better winning percentage than the precious Mr Price that people rated so highly.
I have no doubt this decision was all Mannering, his initiative, of his accord. Just look at the character of the man for confirmation, he won't pull a Steve Price sore foot and never return, he'll enjoy the fruits of success with his team mates a couple more seasons.I hope for his sake it really was his call and there was not porkies told. He deserves a lot better for being the guy to accept the captaincy when he has basically been in an environment set up to fail the whole time he's been in charge.