Joined: Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:26 am Posts: 14009 Location: NFL playoffs
I saw this great post from a Salford fan on their board:
I have not in the past been a great fan of Tony Smith.Despite him being very well thought of by Huddersfield people;those at Leeds and those in the GB/England set-up,and I have considered his interviews to be a little 'awkward'. I now have the utmost respect for him as a genuine man as he made it his business to go to the side of the field at the players tunnel to not only go through a routine handshake but to make a point of seeking out each Salford player,giving a very warm,meaningful handshake,patting each on the back and saying a few words while giving the appearance of 'thanking' the Salford players for effectively giving a display of scintillating rugby league which he greatly admired and was privileged to witness. For those players young or otherwise,having played internationally or otherwise,it must have been a very rare moment in their careers,and memorable,when an opposition coach has conducted himself in such a manner. From a guy with such an experienced and successful coaching career that must mean a huge amount and as it reflects on our coaches who have only been in post for 5 minutes - who have now beaten the longest serving Super league coach,Nathan Brown at Huddersfield,and Tony Smith himself,4 and 3 years respectively,I was delighted for them.
As an incentive to potential investors a greater demonstration could not have been bettered by our coaches and players.
I've always thought that TS despite coming over awkwardly sometimes in interviews is a great example of manners and how to conduct himself, I'd put him up with Frank Endacott and Mike Gregory for personal qualities as a coach
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