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I'm over-coaching Rabbitohs, says Taylor

By Todd Balym 08/04/2008 08:11:58 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor admits his negative coaching style has led to the lack of confidence in the Rabbitohs' attack this season.

Taylor says he has not put enough faith in his playmakers to take control of a game and run the team around the paddock, and it's shown with their winless start to the year.

He believes the Rabbitohs did not have the experience to make decisions under pressure last year and when Craig Wing got injured in round one Taylor again tried to over-coach the players and provide answers to every on-field decision.

But Taylor has vowed to step back and give his young side the confidence to do things themselves.

He's retained Jeremy Smith at halfback and John Sutton at five-eighth for Monday's clash with Cronulla and backed them to spark the Rabbitohs limp attack.

"The bigger problem we are facing is we have got to find the right players in the right positions who can handle the pressure and who can make the right decisions," said Taylor on South Sydney TV.

"The last 12 months I have been trying to think for the players.

"I was coaching a negative style of footy ... at times I felt we lacked someone to take control.

"I'm over-coaching the team ... I don't want to be the coach who is choreographing everything we are going to do as a team.

"I feel we have the mix of players right, we just need to give them belief.

"This week I'm confident with more help from me and guidance from the rest of the team that Jeremy Smith is going to go out on the field and take control of the team.

"Run the team in the fashion Craig Wing would and Andrew Johns would.

"We need one person out on the field taking control ... we need to give that confidence to Jeremy.

"I have made it hard for him to do that. I have not given him the confidence I need to.

"From this week I'm going to be a better coach for South Sydney."

Taylor was responding to a member's question about why the team had been misfiring in attack on the club's weekly internet show which airs on Tuesdays.

He will be confronted by similar questions on Wednesday when he and director of football Shane Richardson conduct an open forum with members at Kingsford from 7pm (AEST).

Richardson says the forums occur four times a year and is not a reaction to the poor form, but expects some tough questions from the disappointed fans.

"It is not something that has come because we are 0-4," said Richardson.

"I would love to sit up front when we are 4-0. I've had it at times when we've lost 13 straight.

"We've been in worse spots than this and we've copped enough abuse not to worry about it.

"The fact that we are 0-4 worries them (fans) but the interesting thing about that is that after 12 rounds last year we were 4-8 so if we win four of the next eight we will be in the same spot.

"I think if you stand out in front of people and be honest and tell them what you're doing most times they're not tough questions if you tell them the truth."

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