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Re: Mark McCall
Posted by: AlexInSouthville
Date: 19/01/2020 17:44
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I'm not convinced he is as great a coach as many seem to think. Yes he's achieved some amazing results, but it turns out that the squad he was using was assembled by cheating the system for over half a decade.
Don't get me wrong, a terrible coach can ruin a great squad, and a great coach can achieve things with a poor squad. But when you have a squad that is already significantly better than all the others how great a coach do you have to be to win?

A bit like Dai Young ruining Pests best players - imagine what he’d do with an average team... oh wait!

McCall may well be a much better coach than Dai, but maybe he isnt even close. We'll never actually know now will we? Because every win you got for over half a decade was built on cheating the system to ensure you had an unfair advantage. Even today Sarrie's fans are celebrating a win despite still playing a squad assembled by ignoring the regulations you agreed to stick to.

This is the sad fact as a result of the “financial doping”.

I suspect that the remarkable culture Sarries fostered will have gone a long way towards their success.

I also suspect Mark McCall is a great DoR.

However, neither of those factors can be recognised in isolation from the salary cap issues, and will therefore never get the recognition that they probably deserve.

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