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Holmes a Court backs Rabbitohs coach

By Todd Balym 01/05/2008 07:43:37 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney co-owner Peter Holmes a Court has passionately defended the direction of the NRL team, declaring his "100 per cent" commitment to coach Jason Taylor.

The Rabbitohs are winless in 2008 and lurched further into crisis this week as coach Jason Taylor stripped David Kidwell of the co-captaincy and dropped four other players for breaching the team's zero tolerance alcohol protocol.

Holmes a Court, who co-owns the team with Hollywood star Russell Crowe, said he fully supported Taylor and was committed to the path the coach and football director Shane Richardson were taking the club along.

"This is about the football department ... it's not for me to comment on their job. I'm backing them 100 per cent and I'm doing it from where I should be and that's in my office," executive chairman Holmes a Court told Souths' internet television channel, SSTV.

"I really like the job Shane Richardson is doing. I really like the honesty and openness from Jason and Shane and I've got to back them."

Holmes a Court said Taylor was handling the tough period particularly well and was not showing signs of being affected by the pressure of a winless start to the year.

He praised the coach for not sweeping the alcohol indiscretions by the players under the carpet.

"I have to say Jason, in my dealings with him, is holding up incredibly well," said Holmes a Court.

"(He) comes across as a guy who is making real tough decisions for the long term of this club.

"There was an easy decision on the weekend when there were breaches of the players' code of conduct.

"Make no mistake, we could have brushed that under the carpet in a moment. There was no incident, no off-field incident ... just some technical breaches of the players' code of conduct.

"Jason chose to make a really tough decision (on the players). That decision will serve us well, I'm convinced, in the long term.

"That's the sign of a person who is doing a real good job in my opinion.

"This was never going to happen overnight. This was never going to be without hiccups. This was never going to be without tough periods like this.

"I reckon Jason is doing a great job."

Holmes a Court also defended the club's decision to make staff cuts this year, dismissing claims of low morale in the club backroom.

"We have let a number of staff go this year, it's always unfortunate letting people go," he said.

"I don't feel any low morale around the place. I see a lot of people working very hard and helping us build this club.

"It wasn't all going to be some fairytale ... we're going to go through hard patches."

He reiterated the club was still hopeful of attaining an away sponsor this year and were still working towards a deal to take some matches to Perth from next season.

He also said the Rabbitohs are likely to start pre-season training at redeveloped Redfern Oval next year, and the Souths leagues club may re-open for business later this year.

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