“Tony Iro coming in, I love the guy,” said Feleti Mateo. “I’d love for him to take over as head coach. It’s obviously out of our hands but I think all the players have voiced their opinion on the situation. We’re just sitting around waiting to see what happens.
“We’ve done some season reviews and that with the CEO and the coaches and stuff … I think they know who we want and what we want. It’s good because most clubs don’t really give you that opportunity to voice what you want. To their credit, they’re listening to the players and I hope they can come to a decision that will make everyone happy.”
Iro has the support of the players, says Mateo, “100 per cent. I think he’s a guy that all the boys would play for. He knows the game really well. He’s an ex-player so he knows how to get the boys up emotionally too. I’ve said it lots of times – as far as coaching’s concerned I think he ticks all the boxes so it will be nice to see him get the job.”
THERE is quiet grumbling in NRL clubland about players taking part in the Tri-Nations in Europe.
England are playing Wales and France because Australia and New Zealand refused to play after a verbal undertaking was given to the players for a quiet spring ahead of next year’s World Cup.
But there is no reason England should feel bound by an agreement between the old ARL and NRL players, is there? If the games seem low key, that’s only because Australia and New Zealand refused to play Steve McNamara’s men. Whose fault is that?