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Sunday, 28 October 2018

'Shame on Ivan Cleary for what he's done'


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Wests Tigers great Benny Elias has unloaded on coach Ivan Cleary for failing to see out his contract with the club as he leaves behind a trail of “carnage” on his move to Penrith.

Many have lamented the at times farcical coaching carousel that has headlined the latter part of the 2018 NRL season sparked by the impending reunion of Cleary with star playmaker son Nathan at the Panthers.

With the confirmation of the move expected to be announced as soon as Monday afternoon Elias didn’t pull any punches in his assessment of the scenario.

“It’s a real frustrating time for the West Tigers fans I’ve got to say,” he told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“There’s got to be compensation because what he’s done, he’s left carnage behind by getting out of his contract with two more years (remaining). It’s absolutely disgraceful and not acceptable.

“All I want to say is shame on Ivan Cleary for what he’s done. There’s been no excuse and there’s been no reason for that”

Elias’ attack on Cleary followed an attempt from the coach to leave Concord on reasonable terms with Tigers players, sending a text message to the team that was obtained by The Daily Telegraph.

“G’day boys. I hope this finds you well and enjoying your time off. I was writing to you in the hope of beating the press to let you know that I will no longer be your coach at Wests Tigers,” the text message said.

“This is an extremely uncomfortable situation for me as I have genuine fondness for the club, and I have loved coaching you all. I understand that this situation has caused some pain for people that I care about, along with putting the club in an awkward situation … I do not feel good about this.

“I would have preferred to do this in person but time and circumstances have made that impossible.

“I hope we meet again soon and I wish you all the very best in the future. You have my number and I am always open for a chat if you wish. Iv.”

Elias took particular aim at Cleary’s unquestioned authority at the helm of the Tigers which resulted in the culling of the club’s three biggest stars in pursuit of a “dynasty” rebuild.

That dream however looks all but dead in the water as the coach jumps ship two-years before the end of his contract.

Tigers legend slams Cleary

"We thought we were going to start building a dynasty, that’s what he (Ivan Cleary) said. He was to have all the say in what was happening in the football world,” Elias said.

“In one stroke of a red pen he got rid of our 3 great juniors in Aaron Woods, Mitchell Moses and without doubt one of the greatest players in today’s game in Tedesco. They were the three people you build a side on.

“It was Ivan’s decision along with the board obviously to get rid of those three players because he had some scheme to make us a dynasty, and 12 months later none of those players are there and he’s gone also.”

Wests Tigers great Benny Elias has unloaded on coach Ivan Cleary for failing to see out his contract with the club as he leaves behind a trail of “carnage” on his move to Penrith.

Many have lamented the at times farcical coaching carousel that has headlined the latter part of the 2018 NRL season sparked by the impending reunion of Cleary with star playmaker son Nathan at the Panthers.

With the confirmation of the move expected to be announced as soon as Monday afternoon Elias didn’t pull any punches in his assessment of the scenario.

“It’s a real frustrating time for the West Tigers fans I’ve got to say,” he told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“There’s got to be compensation because what he’s done, he’s left carnage behind by getting out of his contract with two more years (remaining). It’s absolutely disgraceful and not acceptable.

“All I want to say is shame on Ivan Cleary for what he’s done. There’s been no excuse and there’s been no reason for that”

Elias’ attack on Cleary followed an attempt from the coach to leave Concord on reasonable terms with Tigers players, sending a text message to the team that was obtained by The Daily Telegraph.

“G’day boys. I hope this finds you well and enjoying your time off. I was writing to you in the hope of beating the press to let you know that I will no longer be your coach at Wests Tigers,” the text message said.

“This is an extremely uncomfortable situation for me as I have genuine fondness for the club, and I have loved coaching you all. I understand that this situation has caused some pain for people that I care about, along with putting the club in an awkward situation … I do not feel good about this.

“I would have preferred to do this in person but time and circumstances have made that impossible.

“I hope we meet again soon and I wish you all the very best in the future. You have my number and I am always open for a chat if you wish. Iv.”

Elias took particular aim at Cleary’s unquestioned authority at the helm of the Tigers which resulted in the culling of the club’s three biggest stars in pursuit of a “dynasty” rebuild.

That dream however looks all but dead in the water as the coach jumps ship two-years before the end of his contract.

Tigers legend slams Cleary

"We thought we were going to start building a dynasty, that’s what he (Ivan Cleary) said. He was to have all the say in what was happening in the football world,” Elias said.

“In one stroke of a red pen he got rid of our 3 great juniors in Aaron Woods, Mitchell Moses and without doubt one of the greatest players in today’s game in Tedesco. They were the three people you build a side on.

“It was Ivan’s decision along with the board obviously to get rid of those three players because he had some scheme to make us a dynasty, and 12 months later none of those players are there and he’s gone also.”

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