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Last Updated: Monday, 27 February 2006, 15:56 GMT
Kear to stay - or not?

By Dave Woods

Are Hull in danger of a self-inflicted implosion? Only three weeks into the new season, and there are already question marks about coach John Kear. Is he staying, is he going?

Richard Swain and John Kear celebrate Hull's win over Leeds in 2005
Kear inspired Hull to last year's Challenge Cup victory

But this isn't the usual knee-jerk reaction to a club making a bad start to the new campaign - in fact quite the opposite.

Last year Kear steered the club to an emotional Challenge Cup final success and helped Hull to their most successful season in two-and-a-half decades.

So far this term he has presided over very professional and clinical performances against Castleford and Wakefield.

What is this obsession with all things Aussie, and why let it potentially ruin your season?

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the first signs of things coming off the rails - a second half capitulation at Warrington - came at the end of the week in which the out-going Parramatta boss Brian Smith was suddenly being linked with the not-so-vacant job at the KC Stadium.

What is this obsession with all things Aussie, and why let it potentially ruin your season?

The Hull board need to stamp on the rumour quickly, otherwise they risk losing the focus of their players and the incumbent trophy-winning Kear.

Even before the first tackle is made, the new NRL season already looks set to be a season in transition.

At least four clubs - Newcastle, Canberra, Penrith and Parramatta - will kick off in the knowledge that their head coaches have no long-term future with them.

For better or for worse, a lot of rugby league trends start down under before being imported here. Lets hope that this isn't one of them - it can only be unsettling for players, fans and sponsors alike.

If the people in charge at Hull have any sense they will come out, all guns firing, to insist that the man they have got is going to be there for some time to come

I'm totally against the often short-term approach that some clubs adopt when it comes to employing the man charged with bringing success.

But that situation becomes laughable when the coach is under pressure even when he has found the long-forgotten key to the trophy cabinet.

If the people in charge at Hull have any sense they will come out, all guns firing, to insist that the man they have got is going to be there for some time to come.

That way he and his players can get back to what they have been doing very well at in the last year or so, bringing success back to the Airlie Birds.


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