Catalans Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch has blamed the group’s meltdown to the players and stated he had been”influenced” by the attitude of Tony Gigot.
In an interview with Perpignan paper L’Independant, Guasch stated the group’s current form, which comprised back-to-back home defeats by Hull KR and duo London Broncos has devastated him.
The Dragons have been sitting following the Magic Weekend in May and began the year with high hopes of building on their historic 2018 Challenge Cup success, however they’ll finish outside the top five after winning only three of the past 11 matches.
Guasch stated the results revealed that the team’s reliance on former Wigan duo Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum, who were suspended from a clash with Warrington, also accused other people of being a disruptive influence.
He also pointed the finger in”seven or six players in the conclusion of the contract” and”six or seven problems with players who don’t accept being told that they will not be with us next season”.
One of the likely departures is out-of-contract France international Tony Gigot, who refused the offer of a bargain, which is now off the table after Guasch lost his patience with all this player.
“We gave him all the cards this season. I’m very affected by his mindset,” Guasch stated. “Tony Gigot doesn’t listen to the right individuals. Sooner or later, you need to be serious and I’m.”
Unexpectedly, Guasch expressed his optimism from Steve McNamara, who joined the club in June 2017.
Asked when the coach’s position was at risk, Guasch explained:”No. We’ll extend his contract in the coming weeks of one or two years more.
“I can’t overstate what Steve McNamara attracted to the club, saving us (from relegation) from the Million Pound Game in 2017, winning the Cup in 2018 and this year we were third in June.
“I’m not one of those individuals who say,’If we play a fantastic game, the players are extremely good and when we lose and we are awful, the trainer is’ poor’.
“We will learn from the good lessons to make 2020 a huge year.”

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