“The Saracens Way”
Posted by: Faithful_City (IP Logged)
Date: 20 January, 2020 22:55


“The Saracens Way, quite simply, is the club,” Will Fraser beams into the camera. A former flanker who retired through injury, Fraser now sells Brand Saracens to a bulging catalogue of corporate clients. For a competitive day rate, including lunch and refreshments, Fraser and a current Saracens player or coach will instil in your company the cornerstones of the Saracens winning ethos: cultural change, strong values, an emphasis on happiness and making memories. “If we create good people,” Fraser explains, “we create good players”

Of course, it was not just fund managers, insurance giants and private schools prepared to invest wholesale in the promise of their own Saracens-liveried epiphany. To read back some of the more reverential media coverage the club received during its glory years, knowing what we do now, is to be reminded of the way dominant sports teams are often accorded a fantastical quasi-shamanic quality, their every trait sanctified, their every twitch scoured for valuable learnings that might benefit the rest of us.

The secret of Saracens’ success? It was the creche at the training ground, allowing players to work in a family-oriented environment. It was the microphones attached to players at training to improve communication. It was the team-building holidays to Budapest and Munich. It was the philosophy round tables where the club psychologist would initiate discussions of Descartes. It was the wolves that the then-defensive coach Paul Gustard brought to a team meeting to illustrate the club’s “pack” mentality.

The Saracens Way was sold to us as an ideology, almost a lifestyle: a triumph of culture and values, of innovation and fresh thinking. For journalists and corporate bookers it held an instant, sticky appeal: Imagineer Your Way To Success With This One Weird Trick! For some of the sport’s more supercilious fans, seeing the likes of Brad Barritt and Owen Farrell taking on business degrees provided a handy contrast with those thick, vulgar round-ballers. And yet perhaps there was another lesson to be learned from Saracens, one that can really be appreciated only now the club have been found guilty of persistent salary-cap breaches and are facing relegation and ignominy as a result.

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Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: NW2 (IP Logged)
Date: 21 January, 2020 11:31

"The Saracens way, quite simply, is...................."
Insert your own word here!

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: Fiver (IP Logged)
Date: 21 January, 2020 12:51

Very easy to boast about the Saracens Way when you've got that group of players. I think a few of them need to learn what life is like for every other club, living in the real world. I had the misfortune to listen to Brendan Venter of the Rugby Pod this morning, the word "indoctrination" sprang to mind.

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: w4rriorz1980 (IP Logged)
Date: 21 January, 2020 13:14

"The Saracens way, quite simply, is...................."
Insert your own word here!
....not our way.

Eats,Shoots And Leaves

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: centrethere (IP Logged)
Date: 21 January, 2020 22:16

The Guardian article also says

'From the Champions League to Test cricket to Team GB: where money flows success often follows. We don’t like to talk about the ways in which financial clout can tilt the playing field, stockpile talent, buy political influence and favourable media coverage, hire batteries of lawyers to deter legislation and squash competitors.'
'Throw in almost £50m of written-off loans and the good fortune of a huge, affluent catchment area in north London, Hertfordshire and Essex, and perhaps you will understand why Saracens’ rivals are less than impressed by the news they have broken the salary cap in each of the previous three seasons and are scheduled to do so again this season by – according to some reports – more than £2m.

So forget the 'Saracens way' crap, and focus on the real reason

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: Hallowed Warrior (IP Logged)
Date: 22 January, 2020 07:16

The Saracens Way......

To cheat
To lie about their cheating
To show no contrition about their cheating
To continue cheating
To have Brendon Venter somehow justify their position

I look forward to their visit to Sixways to wave them goodbye

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: Inbox (IP Logged)
Date: 22 January, 2020 19:17

[quote NW2]"The Saracens way, quite simply, is...................."

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: NW2 (IP Logged)
Date: 23 January, 2020 11:39

[quote Inbox][quote NW2]"The Saracens way, quite simply, is...................."

And indeed, floored!

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
Date: 23 January, 2020 12:29

From the new Saracens' chairman

Prior to my time here, there were discussions with PRL in relation to conducting a mid season audit spanning several seasons — you will have seen references to that in the press. These discussions continued last week after my appointment.

It would be fair to say that other PRL stakeholders were sceptical about our compliance with such an audit.

We carefully considered the option of a full investigatory audit. However, that inevitably would have involved a long period of more financial and emotional strain and this in turn meant this was not a viable option for us. We therefore agreed with PRL on relegation in the hope that we could draw a line under the mistakes made by Saracens with respect to compliance with the regulations and concentrate on putting our new robust procedures in place.

So, willing to accept the financial and emotional strain of relegation in order to avoid the financial and emotional strain of being audited. Instead of being a wolfpack the Saracens' Way is to be like a pack of weasels.

Re: “The Saracens Way”
Posted by: WarwickEastie (IP Logged)
Date: 23 January, 2020 13:17


The trouble now is that whatever they may have done that was good, innovative or best practice will be overshadowed by their cheating on the salary cap. The presumption will be that it was the cheating that made the difference. And they've brought it on themselves....

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