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Thereís nothing more frustrating in life than climbing to
the top of a mountain and coming across a wise old man dishing out riddles that
make no sense.
Thankfully you can leave this crazy old fool anytime you want by
climbing down the mountain in order to make your way back to civilisation.
Unfortunately for Rhinos fans we have Brian McDermott to contend with. Our
bewildered coach never fails to baffle us whenever heís in front of the SKY
Sports camera, in the papers, or on the radio. Iím sure Iím not the only
one with the image stuck in my head that in training Brian McDermott is like
the Scottish hotel owner in Little Britain, never giving a direct answer to a direct question, preferring
instead to express himself to the players through the medium of dance and flute playing.
Joking aside Brian
has done a reasonable job this year despite all the criticism heís been getting
from fans and armchair critics like me. The highlight has to be the development
of Ben Jones-Bishop who under the guidance of the head coach has become one of
the best prospects in the game. Then thereís the fact that Leeds Rhinos are in
the Challenge Cup Final next week. This isnít bad going at all for a coach we
all wanted out not so long ago. Overall the credit must go to Gary Hetherington
for having faith in the unpopular coaching appointment during these turbulent
times and as a fan I can only hope that this risk continues to pay off. Especially
if performances like last weekend continue to be a regular occurrence.
So for the rest of
the year Iím going to just appreciate what little he has done for the team
because itís getting rather easy and popular to flog him these days. And letís be honest - this team was (Iím nit
picking here) in decline since 2006. For far too long as a fan Iíve wanted to
see the season-long standards of 2004 and 2005 emerge once again.
So Iím giving up on hoping that seasons like those two ever happen again
with this team. Itís not good for the heart.
I hope you do the team and this city proud for the rest of
the season if youíre reading this Brian.