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Old bloke who played lots of sports in his younger days including Rugby, Aussie Rules, baseball & Squash .... Passionate Roosters supporter for over 50 years

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you need to have a look at his record at Catalans Dragons 63 games 37 wins 1 draw 25 losses a winning rate of 59% ……… Better than most current NRL coaches
Have a look at the average age of the players that he is currently working with that sit second on the premiership table.
Secondly have a very close look at the number of players he has developed that are playing at other teams and playing very well there is a decent team of them out there.
He has played an integral role in the roster management at the club and most of that “High Value Cattle” as you put it has been developed by the club and Robbo and his coaching staff

The Newcastle Knights should ask Trent Robinson to name his price

:happy: Mate there is no hope of that, Nick has been a Rooster all his life from when he was a kid.there is not a hope in hell of City Ford sponsoring anything other than the Roosters

The Newcastle Knights should ask Trent Robinson to name his price

Seriously, do you really think that $$$$$ big $$$$ is the answer to everything.
Robbo has made his intentions perfectly clear and so has Nick Politis, obviously you were not paying attention. A Nick said “Robbo is not going anywhere whilst I am Chairman of this club”.
Robbo is not going anywhere no matter the offer from Newcastle or anyone else for that matter.
When you have the opportunity to build a lasting legacy at a club like the Roosters where you have put together a very professional set up both coaching wise and with the recruitment and administration you are not going to just walk away from it.
Just ask Craig Bellamy, and he may tell you very quietly that despite the denials , the Bronco’s CEO made him a very substantial offer to replace Bennett. He will also tell you that it was not just about the money.
Nick Politis was well advised when he took on the Rookie Robinson and he has not been let down.
This is his 7 th year as Head Coach at the Roosters he has missed the finals once. Took them from 13 th to Premiers in his first year has 4 Minor premierships and 2 Premierships in the trophy Cabinet and has a pretty fair chance of taking the team to the first back to back premiership wins in 20 years ….You have to be dreaming if you think he would walk away from Nick Politis and the Roosters .
Despite the year from hell in 2016 he maintains a winning record of 65% at the club second only to Craig Bellamy at the Storm with around 68%.
No doubt he could do good things at Newcastle but firstly would he want to and would Newcastle be prepared to go out and spend the sort of money to not only poach Robbo but also find and pay for the calibre of people that he would want around him, for I can tell you he is the sort of bloke that would not do the dirty on his old club or Nick Politis and poach any of their staff, that much I know about the bloke.

The Newcastle Knights should ask Trent Robinson to name his price

Kurnell, I have to agree with you there, Fifita is walking wounded & Gal tries hard but lets be honest I am surprised he has made it this far into the season.
Yes the defence has been very good and Gallen ex cells there for sure.
The fact is that if the forwards are making ground then the backs can do their job, you are probably suffering the same problems that Souths are facing right now.

Sharks looking good for finals feeding frenzy

Wayne Bennett has a simple coaching strategy based on a strong forward pack…
His attacking platform relies on the forwards…and where are his forwards , those big yardage makers, either injured or suspended along with a couple of other handy players who are pretty handy at scoring trys ….Like Braidon Burns & Alex Johnston

Where it's all gone wrong for Souths and how they fix it for finals

Huge improvement agreed …the real deal is yet to be proven….so if Parra make the finals and I think they may just do that we shall see what he is made of.
I think he is really at his best playing what is in front of him and yes he has masses of potential and it appears that Brad Arthur is staring to get the best out of him…..but as the old saying goes, one season does not make a champion

Holy Moses! Why Mitchell is now the real deal

Funny how about 4 weeks ago all the ” Sports Journalists” had Dugan all washed up.
Though I thought he was playing wounded myself, however the last couple of games he has been their best by far. I thought Dugan , Graham & Xerry made the major contribution to that win at the weekend.
Good on Xerry playing to the whistle as Graham never knocked on anyway

Sharks looking good for finals feeding frenzy

No the Storm did not invent the Crusher tackle …the crusher tackle invented itself…….to gain more “post contact metres” you know that wonderful statistic that has now crept into the game …players are now turning their backs in tackles so thet can push to gain more metres before being put to ground…. which means their head & neck is now in a vulnerable position up against the chest of the defending players .
However players were then coming down hard to put the player on the ground with a potential for breaking a neck …….

Brett Finch furiously defends Storm 'wrestling' tactics in heated argument

JAZZ:You missed one very vital point that should have been your big fat ####Number one
#1 Stop the coaches & players running the games and put control back in the hands of the referees.
Get rid of Mr PR man Annesley and put someone in charge that will restore credibility to the refereeing ranks and put them back in control.
If and when and only if and when you achieve that can you even consider any of that wondrous stuff you have written a thesis paper about.
BTW for once Beaty has come up with something sensible in regard to canning that silly 3 years rule for former club executives being appointed to the board, for a sensible board would have rectified several problems already.
First and foremost finding a replacement for that dill Greenberg who is more worried about his PR image than he is about the future of the game. Every time the Berg opens his mouth it is not about grass roots footy and helping country footy survive but ….TV audience participation…

How to fix the NRL

Horse, reckon they should have called it off at half time and taken a point off each team for pretending to play footy.
On what I saw the Bulldogs would have beaten either team with ease and on the effort I saw either team would have struggled to beat the Titans.
The only saving grace the Sharks have is Xerry, Wade Graham does make a difference but Gallen is playing busted and who knows what Johnson is going to deliver.
Take the kicking duties away from Johnson and just let him concentrate on running the ball and they might make it but as for Grand Final aspirations, you can forget that.

Sharks looking good for finals feeding frenzy

yes but under a different heading, I accidentally put it in the wrong place…. :crying:

The diamond ring is a Storm in a teacup

Paul Gallen became the oldest player to step on the field & play 1st grade NRL rugby league in some 40 years yesterday, so what did the NRL do for that milestone ?
Cameron Smith earns terrific money and gets a heap of lurks & perks and his wife has made no more sacrifices than any other mother with a working husband.
The bloke is a professional football player but I can tell you now there are plenty of jobs out there where it places far more stress on family life than playing rugby league.
The last bloke that ran the NRL went to run Soccer where they are good at kicking own goals so Greenberg should be an ideal replacement as he has had plenty of practice over the past 3 years or so

The diamond ring is a Storm in a teacup

Paul Gallen became the oldest player to step on the field & play 1st grade NRL rugby league in some 40 years yesterday, so what did the NRL do for that milestone ?
Cameron Smith earns terrific money and gets a heap of lurks & perks and his wife has made no more sacrifices than any other mother with a working husband.
The bloke is a professional football player but I can tell you now there are plenty of jobs out there where it places far more stress on family life than playing rugby league.
The last bloke that ran the NRL went to run Soccer where they are good at kicking own goals so Greenberg should be an ideal replacement as he has had plenty of practice over the past 3 years or so.

NRL make classy gesture to deserving person, outrage ensues

It did not see it so not sen any lead up to it. Something that would appear to be out of character from Brooks but none the less a pretty dumb and dangerous thing to do and once upon a time it would have been a send off, just like the Turpin Stiff arm.
But we now do not have send off’s because we might up set a coach by disadvantaging his team…..Bwaaaaaaaa!! How about we worry about the disadvantage to the bloke that gets whacked and let the coaches do something about player behaviour….??

Luke Brooks fined for ugly knee on Sea Eagle

yes, wonder if anything will happen about that, it would be hard to argue that it was not deliberate

Luke Brooks fined for ugly knee on Sea Eagle

BOZ did you see the Roosters V Raiders game ??????

Hey Robbo - without competition for the ball, league can be formulaic and predictable

Are you kidding me seriously,.one on one stripping is a gladiatorial contest as you want to see, however 3 blokes making it impossible for the bloke to hold onto the ball reefing his arms away then falling off so the third bloke can then pinch it is not a contest and if you think so then have a go at it and if you reckon you can keep hold of the footy under such circumstances you are dreaming.
Its not a contest it’s a mugging …

Hey Robbo - without competition for the ball, league can be formulaic and predictable

Crichton is starting to fit in and is doing some good stuff in recent times but Matterson is playing very well indeed.
You cannot compare Mitch though for his value is in the number of positions he can play and play well.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

RTS was off contract and it was a family thing for him, he wanted back to NZ and the club was not going to stand in his way.
Money was not the objective for Rodger for he would have done better financially in the long run remaining at the Roosters but it was a family thing for him.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

another point I should have added in my original post regarding the Roosters is the roster management of the club, so many bellyache about the “Salary cap wrorting” of the Roosters, however if you have a good look around the NRL right now you could make a formidable 17th NRL team with the ex-Roosters players that are playing well for other clubs and it is a decent 21 man squad.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

You do not run one of the most successful Ford dealerships in Sydney by employing fools.
Nick & I are pretty much the same age and I know quite a bit about his early history at City Ford.
Nick will tell you that he made some mistakes along the way and he will tell you that you should never waste a good mistake, learn from it.
One thing he learnt was that when you have the right people in the right job and pay them accordingly you get the desired results. If you look at any of our successful CEO’s they have a competent team around them, none try to be a” one man band”.
This is exactly the corporate model that Nick Politis brought to the Rooster Club and it has worked very well.
There is a difference between making a motor dealership successful and a football club successful and Nick will also tell you that he has picked a lot of brains along the way to make things work, but that is what a smart manager does.
My old man knew Nick pretty well and they did not always see eye to eye but even “Nugget” if he was still with us would applaud Nick for what he has achieved with the Roosters club.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

I do not consider I was “Inciting Violence” to be honest .
Just calling like I see it as people like Maddock do not have the fortitude to say what he said directly to the persons face….

'It burns': Thompson's emotional response to hate speech directed at Latrell online

Thank you for reminding me of that game it was a beauty but sadly it did little to save Freddy’s NRL coaching career.
Sadly Freddy was still too much one of the boys having played with many of them.
I remember that Field goal by Braith , how he managed to get a boot on it is beyond me and Michael Witt was just as cool as a cucumber, it was a magnificent kick. Pretty much like the Latrell Mitchell field goal when they beat the Storm with a bunch of debutantes

Rugby league classics: Roosters vs Warriors, Round 21 2007

Great rule , three players get to belt the bloke with the ball in a tackle, 2 drop off when the third bloke lets them know he has a secure grip on the ball, then gets to rip it clear.
It is not a great rule and it has nothing to do with ball security because the ball is being forcibly ripped out of your grasp pretty much when the tackle is completed.
I have no problem with a one on one strip, but this rule is like belting a bloke with a cosh then taking his wallet out of his pocket.

Annesley: NRL stripping rule under the microscope

whoever Jeff Maddock is I truly hope they find him and belt him….and do a good job of it.
Latrell Mitchell is a decent human being and does not deserve that sort of thing….No body does to be honest. I also applaud him for the way he has handled it and the support Trent Robinson and his team mates have shown him….
Just love these phone-pad warriors who would never have the guts to say that to the person face to face…..

'It burns': Thompson's emotional response to hate speech directed at Latrell online