Gal’s big admission in Sharks’ Morris saga


Cronulla Sharks nice Paul Gallen concedes the membership “perhaps should not have began the season with John Morris” in the event that they knew he wasn’t the person to guide the membership into the longer term.

Morris was left with little choice however to stroll from the Sharks late final week after they firmed up the signing of Roosters assistant Craig Fitzgibbon who will lead the membership into 2022.

In a messy and public saga, the curtains had been closed on Morris’ time in Cronulla, the membership he as soon as notched over 100 appearances for earlier than being handed the top coach’s position on the eleventh hour forward of the 2019 season following Shane Flanagan’s suspension.

However what has riled many throughout the sport is the obvious underhanded method by which Cronulla successfully confirmed Morris an early exit on the ultimate 12 months of his deal.

Only a day earlier than Fitzgibbon was confirmed because the Sharks’ mentor for 2022, Morris emerged from a gathering with Cronulla powerbrokers by which he was assured he was nonetheless within the operating.

Alongside that, had been the myriad studies circling within the media each day concerning Morris’ future earlier than he’d had something confirmed to him by the membership.

Your complete saga was maybe most poignantly encapsulated by an impassioned Fb put up from Morris’ mom who went in to bat for her son within the aftermath of his departure. However the harm was finished.

Talking on 9’s 100% Footy, veteran rugby league reporter Danny Weidler put it to Gallen that the Sharks’ dealing with of Morris was “disastrous”.

That noticed the Sharks nice stand behind his membership earlier than conceding that there have been maybe higher methods they might have dealt with it, specifically, not beginning the season with Morris in the event that they knew he wasn’t their man.

GALLEN: “I believe that is a bit unfair, Danny. Is there any good option to sack any individual?

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“Perhaps in hindsight, they might have finished one thing totally different, however they did not have all the data they needed. They did not have the signature, as a result of they did not know who was obtainable.

WEIDLER: “So, inform him. He is received youngsters.”

GALLEN: “At first of the 12 months, they determined as a board, from what I perceive, that John Morris wasn’t going to be the particular person to take the membership ahead, that is what they’ve informed me.

“Perhaps they need to have finished that. Perhaps they need to have informed him firstly of the 12 months, however they did not produce other choices to go together with immediately. Then, they explored their different choices, they requested Fitzgibbon’s supervisor, he mentioned perhaps, then it began in March or April and all of it occurred in a short time.”

WEIDLER: “I believe it occurred months in the past, Gal.”

GALLEN: “I believe to hammer the board is a little bit bit unfair, contemplating what they’ve finished off the sector for that membership.

WEIDLER: “I believe it is nice what they’ve finished off the sector however they’ve additionally received to deal with one among their favorite sons, a bloke who did so much for the membership.”

GALLEN: “I wish to attempt to take John Morris out of this as a result of John Morris is a private pal of mine, so I do not wish to act like I am with the board or towards John Morris. However I believe the board have the proper to do what they suppose is finest for the membership.”

Weidler additionally advised {that a} failed try to signal Panthers younger gun Matt Burton, who was turned off by the Sharks’ uncertainty over their coach, motivated the membership to behave swiftly.

WEIDLER: “What about for the followers and telling them the reality?”

GALLEN: “What’s the reality? I do not know the reality? John has his reality.

WEIDLER: The reality is after they miss out on Matt Burton as a result of they could not inform him who was going to be the coach subsequent 12 months, they had been very dissatisfied, they thought, ‘Okay, we have got to do one thing proper now’. That is when they need to have mentioned to John, ‘you are not in our plans, let’s transfer on, there’s an excellent coach in Craig Fitzgibbons, sorry’.”

GALLEN: “Perhaps they should not have began the season with him. Perhaps they should not have, however they did. What’s finished is finished now. They’ve ripped the band-aid off, they’ve made the choice, they’ve moved ahead. It has been over per week, per week is a very long time in rugby league.”

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