Catalans Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch has blamed the team’s meltdown to the players and said he had been”influenced” by the mindset of Tony Gigot.
In an interview with Perpignan paper L’Independant, Guasch stated the team’s current form, which comprised home beats by relegation-threatened duo London Broncos and Hull KR has devastated him.
The Dragons were sitting in third position following the Magic Weekend in May and began the season on their 2018 Challenge Cup success, however they will end outside the top five after winning only three of their last 11 matches.
Guasch said the results demonstrated that the team’s reliance on Michael McIlorum along with preceding Wigan duo Sam Tomkins, who had been suspended in a clash with Warrington at the fall-out, also accused of being a disruptive influence others.
He also pointed the finger at”seven or six players at the close of the contract” and”six or seven problems with players who don’t accept being told they will not be with us next year”.
One of the likely departures is France that is out-of-contract global Tony Gigot, that rejected the offer following Guasch dropped his patience of a deal, which is now off the table.
“We gave him all of the cards this season. I am really affected by his mindset,” Guasch said. “Tony Gigot does not listen to the ideal individuals. At some point, you need to be severe and I am.”
Unexpectedly, Guasch voiced his optimism in Steve McNamara, who joined the club on a three-and-a-half-year bargain in June 2017.
Asked if the trainer’s position was in danger, Guasch said:”No. We will extend his contract in the coming weeks of one or two decades longer.
“I cannot overstate what Steve McNamara brought to the team, rescue us (from relegation) in the Million Pound Game at 2017, winning the Cup in 2018 and this season we were next in June.
“I am none of those individuals who say,’When we play with a fantastic match, the players are very good and when we lose and we’re bad, the trainer is’ poor’.
“We will learn from the good lessons to make 2020 a significant year.”
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