Rothfield and Gould, give it a rest

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    Phil Rothfield writes an article that makes Phil Gould look like a buffoon, Phil Gould scolds the Daily Telegraph and the NRL for writing it or being complicit in its construction, and Phil Rothfield returns fire through his newspaper.

    It’s a cyclical war of words in the Sydney NRL scene and I’m sick of it.

    This issue has come to head after the Daily Telegraph this week showed Phil Gould’s notepad which had just a message for the Penrith chairman and a small drawing on it.

    Gould was furious and has claimed that either the NRL or club chairman’s had leaked the information to the Tele.

    This article claimed really that Gould wasn’t paying attention and accused him of essentially being a coward for airing his well-known views about how to fend off the AFL.

    What the article didn’t tell you was the fact he was there before any other delegates and the Chairman of Penrith was taking notes while Gould went to Newcastle for a meeting.

    News Limited and Phil Gould have had a testy relationship since the days of the Super League war (News of course built the league and supported it while Gould remained a loyal follower of the ARL).

    While both sides are behaving like pork chops, it always seems that the stories about Gould are just gutter tactics.

    For example, a story a few weeks ago questioned Gould’s record as a director of coaching by using circumstantial evidence and innuendo. Thank goodness for Dean “Bulldog” Ritchie for the next day tearing this article to pieces.

    It’s absurd that this petty feud from 15 years ago is still getting column inches. Ironically it seems despite the fact they don’t like each other, both Phil Gould and Phil Rothfield have each other’s mobile phone numbers and stay in contact.

    Give it a rest guys, and instead of fighting between yourselves fight the avalanche that is the AFL, because take it from me (as an Adelaide resident), we are coming for you and we are going to exploit any divisions.

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    • August 12th 2011 @ 8:11am
      Will Sinclair said | August 12th 2011 @ 8:11am | ! Report

      Couldn’t agree more. What a pack of children – airing their petty feuds in public while the sports loving public turn to the likes of The Roar and Green & Gold Rugby for decent analysis and commentary.

      In fact, the general level of sports reporting and analysis in Sydney is abject. When blokes like Rothfield and Weidler etc are given column inches to pursue petty feuds and personal agendas then things are pretty poor.

      (Weidler in particaulr is a walking punch line – it defies belief that he is employed by a mainstream news organisation.)

      • August 12th 2011 @ 8:46am
        Chris said | August 12th 2011 @ 8:46am | ! Report

        It’s worse than that – Danny Weidler is employed by TWO organisations!

        And Rothfield is beyond a joke. He keeps taking potshots at Phil Gould, when he should be writing about the sport itself. We’re getting towards the finals, but Rothfield doesn’t seem the slightest bit interested in that – he’s currently obsessed with Phil Gould’s doodles.

        Some of these “journos” seem to have even bigger egos than the players these days – and are even more juvenile.

    • August 12th 2011 @ 9:11am
      sledgeross said | August 12th 2011 @ 9:11am | ! Report

      I cant think of anyone who thinks Weidler has credibility. Hes the Khoder Nasser PR manager……

    • August 12th 2011 @ 9:11am
      mike from PNG said | August 12th 2011 @ 9:11am | ! Report

      I cannot understand how Gould left his doodle in the meeting; most people who doodle around in meetings normally rip it off the pad and trash it, obviously Gould expects Gallop’s workers to remove his doodle.
      I bet after this Gould will make sure he doesn’t leave his doodle laying around where other people can pick it up and give it to opposition Journo’s.
      But really after all this time News Corp journos still hating Gould for the super league war, gee whizz I still hate the Broncos for getting my team (Souths) thrown out of the Comp & I still hate Manly who supported Souths, I still know a lot of people who will not buy Newscorps newspapers, maybe some day we will all get over it.

    • August 12th 2011 @ 9:31am
      Al from ctown said | August 12th 2011 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      I’ve just realized why im feeling ill everyday for the past few…. Please! No more about gus’s doodle…. I can’t stand it being shoved in my face any longer!

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      August 12th 2011 @ 9:38am
      Redb said | August 12th 2011 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      Laughable from the lot of them.

    • August 12th 2011 @ 10:06am
      Happy Hooker said | August 12th 2011 @ 10:06am | ! Report

      Gus’s doodle ain’t the issue. Its the fact that he left the meeting early. He’s happy to criticise the NRL for its lack of fight in countering the AFL in Sydney’s west, but can’t stay past morning tea time, to discuss the issues facing the game.

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