McManus: No more Mr Nice Guys

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus

Saints can lift Super League trophy but will need to add mental toughness to their game if the game’s top prize is to be reclaimed.

That’s the firm belief of ambitious chairman Eamonn McManus who is still smarting from disappointing recent defeats at the hand of Wigan and Leeds Rhinos - the latter ending their Wembley dreams.

In his programme notes ahead of Thursday’s home against the London Broncos, Mr Manus declared: “We need the toughest of mentalities backed by the toughest physical approaches if we are to compete seriously for honours.

“It has openly been a concern of mine that moving to a plush new stadium and a state-of-the-art training facility would imperceptibly change the hard-nosed and ruthless fighting spirit of the club which is embedded in our history and has been borne out of disadvantage and lack of entitlement.”

He added: “It was said of the British Navy at the beginning of the 20th Century that iron men in wooden ships were replaced by wooden men in iron ships. This cannot be allowed to happen to us.

“At the moment we are perceived as the nice guys of rugby league who play nice rugby if you allow us.

“But we have to be the nice tough guys of the sport who impose ourselves on the opposition and win trophies.

“That’s what we were and that’s what we need to get back to being. I want us to be admired for what we win and not for what we have and how we are run.

“The latter is is irrelevant and merely an expensive cost without the former.

Mr McManus went on: “There is no doubt that we have the personel to lift the main prize at the end of the season but it require a monumental

effort and I expect it to be forthcoming.

“There is no reason why we cannot be up there and no reason why our season cannot ultimately be successful.”

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