Wests’ method of Farah sacking simply madness
ROBBIE Farah comes across as a fractious personality. And it isn't difficult to imagine that he and head-strong Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor would clash.
But while Farah might have a side to him that may be irritating, no-one could seriously doubt his commitment to the club for which he has made 237 NRL appearances over 13 seasons.
And no-one could question his ability. Farah has played 13 times for the Blues, eight times for the Kangaroos and even today, at 31, he is one of the best dummy halves playing the game.
That the West Tigers no longer see him as the right fit for their organisation is absolutely the prerogative of the club, and coach Taylor.
And the coach would be a fool not to put his imprimatur on the team.
What is unpalatable about it though is the manner in which the Farah issue has been handled.
He was determined to be a one-club man - a rarity in our game in this modern era.
In fact such was his commitment to the Tigers that when they were unable to pay him his approved contract money for the past two seasons, he agreed to back-end the amount and lump it into his pay for seasons 2016-17.
The amount still owed, in the vicinity of $2 million supposedly, might seem exorbitant to us, and smell of poor management, but no blame can be laid at the feet of Farah.
He and his manager have orchestrated a ripper of a deal, and good luck to them.
And while the Tigers are not the first club to sack their captain - and that is effectively what they have done - the method and timing has been appalling.
Not only has it been a PR disaster for a club that is rock bottom in so many areas, no human resources boss worth their salt would have allowed what can be best described as a threat, to get past first base.
To be unwanted despite having two years to run on his contract is bad enough. But if he stays, the incumbent Blues Origin hooker has been told he will not be part of the 25-man NRL squad.
As baffling and as unrealistic as that ultimatum might appear to those of us on the outside looking in, it gets worse.
If Farah does find another club - and apparently the Raiders are interested in paying $250,000 a year for his services - the Tigers will still have to pick up the remainder of his salary, and include the amount in what is already a very sick salary cap.
And most Tigers fans, including Farah, who ironically has a degree in economics, can't see much sense or value in that.