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Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:35 am  
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I’m sort of looking at it as the club are doubling down on the academy. We’ve kept the academy going without central funding. Kear didn’t really use it properly. So we’ve appointed a coach who the club are certain will. Dunning will use the academy players when he thinks they’re ready, regardless of age.
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Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:41 am  
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3 season tickets from my group also not being renewed.

I’ve emailed the club / CEO / Wood with a very lengthy summary of my feelings. It won’t make any difference but resignation letters are in fashion!

I might go to the odd game on the gate, but I don’t see the club surviving much longer. Crowds are at 1k at the moment and the vol of non renewals will see us at 500 for some games next year.
Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:46 am  
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All the people threatening they arent going to renew their season tickets.... absolute clowns. Its the beginning if July for gods sake. By the end of the season we could have had 10 weeks of great rugby and a decent run in the playoffs.

But if course you wont be getting season tickets. :CRAZY:
Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:57 am  
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Very underwhelmed by this appointment. Considering we ‘apparently’ had coaches of better calibre applying. I’ll see how the rest of the season goes. But I can’t see us getting better, and I’m bot sure what player will look at the Bulls for 2023 and say, I’d love to play under Dunning.
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Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:59 am  
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Having met Mark Dunning via work for BullBuilder a few years back I found him to be a decent guy who obviously knows his stuff. He's done pretty well since he took over and I wish him all the luck in the world for the future. Obviously competing with the likes of Leigh and Fev is out of the question but aspiring and looking like we can be the best of the rest is what we need to do now.

The way this appointment was dragged out for 10 weeks has been a big mistake. The sense of anticlimax is palpable. The club needs a big reset on and off the field to address the decline we've seen over the past season and a half and this appointment now looks like "more of the same" which may be unfair to Dunning but it's how it's going to be perceived by the majority of supporters.

Brian Noble coming back on board temporarily in some sort of vague consultancy doesn't really enthuse me either. He's been out of the game at the sharp end for years and I can't see him having any influence over first team selection or tactics. So what does he bring? He was never a great advocate of the academy and Jamie Peacock said he found Noble was more comfortable dealing with seasoned pros than he was with young players (and that was 16 - 17 years ago!). Dunning is an inexperienced head coach so is Noble there to provide a sounding board? Given Noble's lack of up to date experience is that wise? It feels like the Noble news is a sop to supporters.

So what next? We need a strong end to the season to try to tempt some supporters back. Then some decent recruitment in the close season, get rid of the wasters and fatties and be ready for 2023 with a much fitter and motivated side that's going to be in with a shot of 3rd or 4th place in the championship.

Anything less and we're on borrowed time again.
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Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 10:00 am  
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All the people threatening they arent going to renew their season tickets.... absolute clowns. Its the beginning if July for gods sake. By the end of the season we could have had 10 weeks of great rugby and a decent run in the playoffs.

But if course you wont be getting season tickets. :CRAZY:

It’s all well and good coming to call others clowns.

Its the club who are responsible for an underwhelming appointment which will ultimately harm attendances.

We conceded 56 points at home at the weekend and they think this will inspire fans?

If you’re happy to renew then good on you. I’m not going to come on here throwing insults at people because they’ve got a different view.

This club has had my loyalty and money for 20 years. I’m sad I’ve got to this point but I’m not going to feel guilty about it.
Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 10:07 am  
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I think there's a lot of knee jerk reactions in here. I'm keeping my powder dry until I see how our 2023 squad shapes up.

Appointing from within is not necessarily a disaster. I remember seeing plenty of Wigan fans fearing the worst when they went with Matty Peet as their head coach and look how that turned out. Conversely, appointing a big name head coach doesn't always mean success either. There are plenty of examples of this, including several at Bradford!
Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 10:15 am  
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All the people threatening they arent going to renew their season tickets.... absolute clowns. Its the beginning if July for gods sake. By the end of the season we could have had 10 weeks of great rugby and a decent run in the playoffs.

But if course you wont be getting season tickets. :CRAZY:


Thanks for that
If your happy to settle for a club who's aim is finish in the playoffs but nothing past that then carry on.
Halifax,Widnes,Keighley will have a bigger budget than us next year along with Fev/Leigh Toulouse/Wakefield.
Where is the ambition?
Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 10:18 am  
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I think he meant that you are clowns in a Stephen King sense. Brooding and cool...
Re: Dunning confirmed as Head Coach Thu Jul 07, 2022 10:25 am  
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Nothus wrote:
I think there's a lot of knee jerk reactions in here. I'm keeping my powder dry until I see how our 2023 squad shapes up.

Appointing from within is not necessarily a disaster. I remember seeing plenty of Wigan fans fearing the worst when they went with Matty Peet as their head coach and look how that turned out. Conversely, appointing a big name head coach doesn't always mean success either. There are plenty of examples of this, including several at Bradford!


Well said Northus. Finally someone with some sense!
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