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How did we get here?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Sharks on 15 Sep 2015 at 09:10
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I’m going to do something a little different today. I ended up in an intriguing Twitter conversation yesterday with a follower who set out a very detailed timeline and analysis of the Sharks’ current situation. With his permission, I’m going to share that entire analysis here (collating no fewer than 17 tweets in the process) for you all to digest and discuss. Credit to Twitter user @Yonibass for these thoughts.

@sharksworld my unsolicited analysis.

1. @JohnSmit123 inherited a union that had an excellent 1st team squad. But the squad was ageing.
2. As a result of fairly consistent first team performance it was remarkably difficult for young players to break through.
3. Also, there was a conservative approach to young player development. Extended runs for those players was non existent.
4. The Sharks have never (bar a couple exceptions) focused on developing age group squads. Rather targeted positions.
5. This has been averagely successful when you’re losing a couple senior players a year.
6. Long term it’s a disaster when you lose bulk senior players and you lose a ton of young players who would be good if they play.
7. We suffered a massive brain drain. We’ve been denuded of a general squad. 2015 is year 1 of trying to deal with this.
8. In terms of coaching. It was the right time for John Plumtree to go. He had taken us where he could.
9. It was a massive mistake to fire Jake [White] primarily for a group of senior players who wanted out anyway.
10. It meant we had a group of players who (including Brenden Venter) had played under 4 different coaching styles #confusion
11. That may be why a fairly good group of players looks average in comparison to players of similar abilities. BUT…
12. Those WP players have played more together. and we’re coached by Dobson at age group level.
13. So where are we? I think we have recruited well for next year. I am concerned about lock (and hooker but mainly lock)
14. There is also a cadre of young players coming through that have huge potential. They NEED to continue playing. Just play.
15. But this process of specific position development needs to change. To be fair I think they’ve realized this.
16. In conclusion. We need to take it for the next month. We need to find a head coach but NOT fire GG. Need continuity.
17. Also please lord can we be delivered a lock though. Two would be nice.


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