Catalans Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch has blamed the group’s collapse on the players and said he had been”influenced” by the mindset of Tony Gigot.
In a meeting with Perpignan newspaper L’Independant, Guasch said the group’s recent form, which contained home defeats by relegation-threatened duo London Broncos and Hull KR has devastated him.
The Dragons began the season on their 2018 Challenge Cup success and sat in third place however they’ll finish after winning just three of their last 11 matches.
Guasch accused of being a disruptive influence others, and reported the results revealed the team’s reliance on Michael McIlorum and Wigan duo Sam Tomkins, who were suspended out of a conflict with Warrington from the fall-out.
He pointed the finger in”seven or six players at the close of the contract” and”six or seven problems with players who do not accept being told that they will not be with us next season”.
One of the probable departures is out-of-contract France global Tony Gigot, who rejected the offer of a fresh bargain, which is now off the table following Guasch dropped his patience.
“We gave him all of the cards this season. I’m very affected by his attitude,” Guasch said. “Tony Gigot does not listen to the perfect men and women. At some point, you have to be serious and I am.”
Unexpectedly, Guasch expressed his confidence at Steve McNamara, who joined the club on a bargain in June 2017.
Asked if the trainer’s position was at risk, Guasch explained:”No. We’ll extend his contract in the forthcoming weeks of a couple of decades longer.
“I cannot overstate what Steve McNamara brought to the club, saving us (from relegation) in the Million Pound Game in 2017, winning the Cup in 2018 and also this season we were third in June.
“I am none of those people who say,’When we play with a good game, the players are very good and when we lose and we are awful, the trainer is’ bad’.
“We will learn from the good lessons to make 2020 a huge year.”
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