Behind the Desk: Taylor ready to make hard calls

THE Wests Tigers' coach Jason Taylor has shown he is not afraid of making the hard calls.

In fact his call to dump one of the Tigers' greats in Robbie Farah was so hard it was widely thought to be suicidal.

But time has shown in professional sport these calls are actually routine.

An ageing star is eating up too much of the salary cap for the new boss to work with. What does the coach do?

He wipes the slate clean, gets a new, often younger player whose game is more in tune with what the coach has in mind.

It's hard to fault Farah's career. As a rising young star, he won a grand final with Tim Sheens' 2005 Tigers.

He's been a mainstay of NSW State of Origin teams for years and played a blinder last year when NSW won its only series in a decade.

Taylor will also be looking for leaders on and off the field and this is an area where Farah has issues.

After a defeat, Farah feels the loss so deeply he becomes a black hole in the dressing room. This attitude won't be any help to a new coach looking to rebuild the team.

He will want players who can build morale in the team and not wallow in the misery of defeat.

Defeat should hurt players in all sports, but it's how you handle it that's important.

Judging from the meagre pickings for the Tigers since 2005, it's not something you could say they have managed well.



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