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The Damo Bit - 16th August 2011
Posted by southstander on August 16 2011 - 15:48:47

by DAMO-LEEDS

Our weekly columninst has decided to mellow his attitude towards our much maligned coach as we head towards what could be a fantastic weekend at Wembley.

He suggests that we should all cut him a little slack.

Read more here....

All views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the site.

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.

Damo

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