Former Panthers champion Phil Gould has thrown rumors between him and the new coach Ivan Cleary in the midst of a less striking start to the men's season.
The general manager of the Panthers has been in the headlines this week after reports suggesting that his power at the club has weakened by changing coach last year, with club chairman Dave O 'Neill, in Ivan Cleary arranged to return at the same time as Gould was speaking out-and-party Broncos, Wayne Bennett.
Talk on the ninth 100% Foot, Gould was shocked down that quotation and attributed Penrith's relentless beginning to his recent concerns about the struggle and injuries in the field, concluding that he no longer had a relationship with Cleary's coach.
"We've been friends for 24 years," Gould said.
"Ivan and I are friends, that simple. That's all … He doesn't listen to me. Whatever I've learned about rugby league I learned it in the first four years. I've trained it since.
“Ivan had a great season with them, they trained very well.
“Things looked really good, but they lost Viliame Kikau in the first record of the first trial and then we got that disturbance with the tapes – I think they've reached the season on the wrong leg.
“Ivan and his coaches are working very hard, their preparation has been very good. There's nothing to explain why the way they've played.
“He's a very good coach, an excellent coach and he's a great sport. The place is in a happy place but only wise football can't put them together. ”
Gould went on to explain how the Panthers had given the best to pursue Bennett after the possibility of returning Cleary “killed out of nowhere”.
With Bennett on the outside at the Broncos, Gould was said to have completed a handshake agreement with the seven-time senior league trainer to replace Anthony Griffin in Penrith but there was a separate talk between Neill a Cleary t has stopped that deal.
Gould played down the significance of that connection between him and the chairman, who eventually led to Cleary's appointment.
“Wayne and I were never going to talk about it as it all happened very quickly and the thing Ivan Cleary did was from nowhere,” said Gould.
“Our chair interviewed NRL.com and told them that I had met Wayne and I had recommended it to the Panthers but the Ivan thing had come to the fore in the background.
“I had to call Wayne up and say we weren't going, it didn't take a long time, he was good.” T
Having drawn Cleary away from the Tigers following the very public concert by Anthony Griffin, former coach, Paul Vautin, NRL, questioned whether Cleary's presence had an impact on his son Nathan, who has started the 2019 season slowly.
“What about Nathan Cleary, I've watched the first three games and I don't want to be abusive to players, but he's not a player last year or the previous year,” said Vautin.
“Is there pressure on him because of his father's coach?” T
That prompted Gould to jump to the defense of his valuable young gun.
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“It's 21 and it's marked heavy,” Gould rearranged.
“No, I don't think that's the weight at all. I think it's just the pressure of being Nathan Cleary.
“It has been marked by opposition teams who know they have to reach it and interfere with their kick game. And you can't do it if your tip is not (fired).
“I'm sure if Ivan has any problem with that it will come to my view.
“Ivan comes to see me and we're talking about it, but it's a man himself, he's doing his own thing.
“He was that way when he first started there in the first four years, he trained us to do a great job and now we do a great job and we're very happy with him.” T
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In addition, a Panthers pack was placed under the microscope by the great Romans of Jillaroos who expected more global ating combination possible.
“I think that on the Panthers need their package forward to start dominating. It could be the world's leading package, ”he said.
“They need to push forward, create a good platform for their halves then play away from home, because when Maloney and Cleary get some good space they can cause serious harm.” T
That sentiment was echoed by Paul Gallen, former soldier of Cronulla Sharks.
“At the age of 21, our Originbackback is on big money, so expectation and weight comes so right,” he said.
“But if you don't move on, it's not your place to create your half play away – you're not hoping.” T