Chairman Eamonn McManus demands an uncompromising approach after disappointing fortnight (From St Helens Star)
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Chairman Eamonn McManus demands an uncompromising approach after disappointing fortnight
10:29am Friday 2nd May 2014 in Sport
SAINTS chairman Eamonn McManus used his programme notes at last night's game against London to publicly express his bitter disappointment at losing to Wigan and suffering the Challenge Cup knockout.
He described it as the most disappointing set of results he has experienced in his 14 years at the club.
And he made clear his expectations for the rest of the season - demanding an uncompromising approach.
He said: "The great start, from the vastly improved squad from last year, disappeared into the ether when it came to the crunch against Wigan and Leeds.
"Another Easter weekend was ruined, another trophy is gone."
He also questioned the attitude in those big games, declaring the team looked like they were "not up for it", saying: "We did not seem to raise our game when the occasion demanded it.
"It's something that needs to be addressed for the rest of the season.
"We all lose games, but there are probably only half a dozen games in a season that really, really count and which determine your fate, and we have failed the first two."
In making his demands - ones that fit in with what the supporters have been saying loudly this past week - McManus still believes that with the right attitude that the team can end the trophy drought.
"There is no doubt that we have the personnel to lift the main prize at the end of the season.
"It will require a monumental effort and I expect that to be forthcoming.
"There is no reason why we should not "be up for it" and there is no reason why our season cannot ultimately be very successful.
"We, being myself, the management, the coaching staff and, most importantly, the players have to work for, earn and deserve your support.
"We are in an uncompromising and unforgiving sport and have to be such ourselves," he said.
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