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Sport The NRL Lurker: The two most popular Ivan Cleary rumours are false

03:55  08 august  2018
03:55  08 august  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Tigers tell Panthers hands off Cleary

  Tigers tell Panthers hands off Cleary The Wests Tigers have said they will not entertain granting coach Ivan Cleary an early release from his NRL contract after he was targeted by Penrith.Cleary has emerged as the Panthers' No.1 target despite the fact he still has two years to run on his NRL contract at the joint venture.

Ivan Cleary (born 1 March 1971) is the Head Coach of the Wests Tigers in the NRL and an Australian former rugby league footballer. It’s changing by the minute, but I can confirm that as of right now, two popular rumours are false . 1. That Panthers supremo Phil Gould - the man who sacked Cleary

The Ivan Cleary ‘hijacking’ by Penrith is the biggest story in league at the moment - and may well end up the biggest of the year. It’s changing by the minute, but I can confirm that as of right now, two popular rumours are false . 1. That Panthers supremo Phil Gould - the man who sacked Cleary only

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It’s been a busy year for The Lurker and, with round 22 one day away, the rumour hound has all the latest on coaching dramas, footy player quote bingo and salary cap shenanigans.

MISTRUTHS AND MISTRUST

The Ivan Cleary ‘hijacking’ by Penrith is the biggest story in league at the moment - and may well end up the biggest of the year.

So where are things at? It’s changing by the minute, but I can confirm that as of right now, two popular rumours are false.

1. That Panthers supremo Phil Gould - the man who sacked Cleary only a few years ago - is doing the negotiations.

2. That Cleary has asked the Tigers for a release for next season.

Bennett responds to Penrith rumours

  Bennett responds to Penrith rumours Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says he’d be open to a move to Sydney if the Broncos decide not to grant him a one-year extension at the end of the season. Penrith has reportedly made an informal approach to Bennett after the Panthers dumped Anthony Griffin just four weeks out from the finals, according to News Corp.Bennett and Panthers GM Phil Gould were both on the judging panel to elect rugby league’s new group of immortals last week, which has led to speculation the two may have discussed plans to join forces in the near future at the foot of the mountains.

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On point one, Panthers chairman Dave O’Neill was the man who first approached Cleary a week ago, putting the bold plan to him to unite him with some Nathan at the club.

Gould, who hired Anthony Griffin, was content to keep Griffin in his job as ‘puppet’ coach until the end of the season, but the Panthers board disagreed - and told Gould that Griffin had to go, setting events in motion.

Gus slams 'scurrilous' Cleary reports

  Gus slams 'scurrilous' Cleary reports Phil Gould has set the record straight on Anthony Griffin's Panthers sacking, slamming "scurrilous" reports about Ivan Cleary.Gould has copped the brunt of the blame for Griffin's shock demise in an intense fallout to Penrith's bombshell decision earlier this week.

Ivan Cleary , centre, takes control of his first training session as coach of the Penrith Panthers yesterday. I think Gus is working more on a personal level with individual players and I've worked pretty close with him to try The NRL Lurker : The two most popular Ivan Cleary rumours are false .

The NRL Lurker : The two most popular Ivan Cleary rumours are false . The inside story of how Phil Gould moved to bring Ivan Cleary back to Penrith and secure his star halfback.

As far as point two goes, Cleary, a good poker player if ever there was one, is keeping his cards close to his chest.

He has yet to say a word to the Tigers about wanting out - but he is short-priced favourite for the Penrith gig and the bookies rarely get it wrong.

The Tigers are talking legal action to enforce his contract, but they know deep down there is little point making a coach stay if his heart isn’t in it.

SHORT MEMORIES RAMPANT AT CONCORD

Still on Cleary and the Tigers, plenty of people who know what is going on at the club have declared it hypocritical for the joint venture to jump up and down about the coach breaking his contract.

The Tigers didn’t honour their deals with their last three coaches, terminating them all before their contracts were up.

Ditto Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah, their two greatest ever players, who were moved on while still under contract.

Double standards if there ever were any… but then this is rugby league!

'I’m honouring my contract': Ivan Cleary staying with Wests Tigers

  'I’m honouring my contract': Ivan Cleary staying with Wests Tigers Ivan Cleary has broken his silence after a week of speculation about his future.van Cleary has vowed to honour his contract with Wests Tigers and rejected suggestions he had done a secret deal to return to Penrith.

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Ivan Cleary (born 1 March 1971) is the Head Coach of the Wests Tigers in the NRL and an Australian former rugby league footballer. He is a former head coach of the Penrith Panthers and New Zealand

DRAMA IN THE REFEERING RANKS

All the Cleary talk has taken the spotlight off the referees, but there is still plenty of drama in the ranks.

Touch judge Rickey McFarlane, the man made the scapegoat for that mix-up in the Cronulla-Canberra game a few weeks ago, was dropped for two rounds by refs boss Bernard Sutton.

McFarlane, one of the game’s most experienced touch judges, has been left out of the top grade for a third straight week, effectively extending his ban and putting his career in jeopardy.

He is believed to be thinking of hanging up his flag as a result, disillusioned with the referees’ management, like many others within their ranks.

'I call bull----': Tallis slams Cleary hype .
Gorden Tallis has hit out at the hype around Ivan Cleary's coaching, outlining an unflattering comparison with legends Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bennett.Speaking on Triple M's Sunday NRL, a clearly bemused Tallis slammed the $1.5 million price tag Cleary is reported to be attracting as he pondered the clamour to poach the hottest coach in the game from the Wests Tigers.

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