Who should we be targeting for the 2016 season???
Load of shit.
Cleary may be having discussions to be involved in some capacity, hell he might even be sounded out as a "if we start bad and it comes to it" scenario, but to make it sound like we're looking at sacking Cappy for Cleary only a couple months out from the start of the season after everything Doyle has said is the most ridiculous bow drawing I've seen in some time and pretty much kills the tiniest shred of credibility that zero tackle had in my mind.
I hope not. Lets move on beyond Ivan guys... that was years ago. I just don't get folks wanting Ivan back (playing style boring-az, not personality with the press, etc ) and the folks who keep on wanting Elijah Taylor back.John Hart knew nothing about league. However he was a top manager at Fletchers before rugby went professional and had a lot of experience that crossed sport and business. I didn't like the idea of them getting him in and I think a few in the game thought he had too much to say for himself at the club. However he formed a good working relationship with Ivan Cleary and backed him 100% when the knives came out. It might have been a part time gig but he was always at the games.
I am sure JD trusts Cappys knowledge of tactics and coaching. What he won't have much confidence in his ability to handle the scope of the job like press politics and the like. Cleary got on well with the press but he didn't enjoy the job.
I recall when Cappy was first appointed Phil Gould wrote the job here was too big for a newbie. So he really needs somebody to do set tasks off the ball to allow him to concentrate on what he is good at. Guys like Bennett and Bellamy run their clubs, even if they are only the "coach", but they are the only ones I can think of. Jason Taylor sure doesn't run Wests but couldn't he do with a decent mentor right now.
So the job is not about being another coach, it is about providing background support. The contract will specify what the mentor is to do, and it won't be to back stab the coach.