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Souths players supporting me: Taylor

By Todd Balym 18/09/2009 07:40:59 PM Comments (0)

Sacked South Sydney coach Jason Taylor says he has the support of at least "90 per cent" of the playing group, and former club patriarch George Piggins fears those allegiances could undermine the Rabbitohs' 2010 NRL season.

Taylor continued to fight to clear his name after being axed by the club for the `Sad Sunday' drinking session two weeks ago, claiming on Sydney radio he had spoken to the vast majority of the playing group and most were supportive of him remaining as coach next season.

"Right now the relationship I have with these players is as strong as any relationship I have had with the team in my life," Taylor told Sydney radio station 2KY.

"I had overwhelming strong support from pretty much every player.

"Right now I just feel great about where I've finished with those players, how they think about me and how I think about them."

But the Souths board never considered the player power and voted unanimously to sack Taylor and install former premiership-winning coach John Lang on a two-year deal - a promotion from his existing role as football director.

Former club boss Piggins believes Taylor was sacked unfairly and is concerned the player support could derail the Rabbitohs next year.

"You will probably find how much impact this has on them next year," said Piggins.

"It does make a difference to the players. If they've been affected by it, it could make it very difficult next year.

"If you've got five or six players there that were Jason Taylor fans and think he has been badly treated and that affects their game it's going to make the job of coaching them a lot harder and a lot more difficult."

Piggins said Taylor should have remained head coach, but he also supports the appointment of Lang and hopes the former title winner with Penrith can have a successful stint at the proud club.

"I don't think it was very fair sacking him the way they did," he said.

"As far as the new coach, I think Johnny Lang is a pretty good coach and a pretty good fella.

"It's a funny argument, one way I feel for Jason Taylor and another way it's good to see Johnny Lang get a go.

"I think Johnny Lang is going to be a bloke that will put his head down and backside up and do a good job of it."

Piggins said the best way for the club to resolve any resentment would be to pay both Taylor and sacked player David Fa'alogo their full entitlements.

Taylor refused to discuss whether he would pursue charges or a civil suit against Fa'alogo for throwing the punch that left him unconscious and ultimately cost him his $250,000-a-year job.

"I was completely concussed," Taylor said.

"I mean I was out for a number of minutes.

"I was face down on the ground, players had to tip bottles of water on my face, others checked if I was breathing. They had to work to get me to come around.

"There's a whole other story ... I just want people to understand I've been wronged."

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