Chairman Eamonn McManus demands an uncompromising approach after disappointing fortnight

Eamonn McManus

Eamonn McManus

First published 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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2:15pm Fri 2 May 14

Bill Bradbury says...

The Chairman is quite right on all points. At least we can knock the stuffing out of a team that have not yet won a match. It will be a different matter when we meet the "big boys" again and especially Leeds if we meet them in the Final in October.
As one of our past coaches said defence wins matches and we had our most successful period under his regime. Looking at the table Saints has one of the worst in the League's top 5. One wonders at the performances prior to Leeds and the team selection alleged injuries or not.You play every match to win with no eye on potential cup matches.

The problem has always been that winning the League means nothing and as Leeds proved year in and out you can win from low down in the play-off positions. Reform is long overdue with winning the league having cup and financial reward. That would stop the custom of " throwing matches" to engineer a more favourable opponent. Barring injuries coaches should always play their strongest team.
The philosophy of Rogers at Liverpool is a case in point-every match is a cup match and supporters should not be short changed. It costs enough each week in these days of austerity.
Let's hope it is not yet another season of promises only for Saints not to turn up when it matters. The next time we meet Leeds and Wigan will be interesting not forgetting we struggled against Huddersfield and Castleford-first half. They don't call us "die-hards" for nothing.
The Chairman is quite right on all points. At least we can knock the stuffing out of a team that have not yet won a match. It will be a different matter when we meet the "big boys" again and especially Leeds if we meet them in the Final in October. As one of our past coaches said defence wins matches and we had our most successful period under his regime. Looking at the table Saints has one of the worst in the League's top 5. One wonders at the performances prior to Leeds and the team selection alleged injuries or not.You play every match to win with no eye on potential cup matches. The problem has always been that winning the League means nothing and as Leeds proved year in and out you can win from low down in the play-off positions. Reform is long overdue with winning the league having cup and financial reward. That would stop the custom of " throwing matches" to engineer a more favourable opponent. Barring injuries coaches should always play their strongest team. The philosophy of Rogers at Liverpool is a case in point-every match is a cup match and supporters should not be short changed. It costs enough each week in these days of austerity. Let's hope it is not yet another season of promises only for Saints not to turn up when it matters. The next time we meet Leeds and Wigan will be interesting not forgetting we struggled against Huddersfield and Castleford-first half. They don't call us "die-hards" for nothing. Bill Bradbury
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