COLUMN: An open letter to coach Jason Taylor

Dear Jason Taylor,

I'm here to help.

I don't claim to be a psychologist but I can certainly recognise the five signs of grief.

Your positive attitude despite less than convincing efforts on behalf of more than a handful of your players is admirable.

But if you are ever going to make progress you need to accept your team's failures and embrace the five stages of grief.

Step one: Denial

For 18 rounds you have believed your side is a work in progress and denied that there were, in fact, players in your squad not up to NRL level.

This is not your fault, neither is it their fault (I blame those in recruitment).

But burying your head in the sand won't solve anything.

Step two: Anger

When you could have blamed the refs, you haven't. When could have ripped shreds off your players, you didn't.

Again, your patience and calm demeanour is nothing short of admirable.

But it's time to get angry because clearly, mollycoddling doesn't work.

Step three: Bargaining

Your focus and the club's focus on development is rare in the today's game.

Most club's (cough, the Roosters) buy premierships.

There have been many cub success stories — James Tedesco and Robbie Farah to name two — but it's time the club splashed out on a marquee player.

Look at what former player and English import Gareth Ellis brought to the club.

Step four: Depression

Unfortunately many Wests Tigers fans have been stuck in this stage for the best part of 10 years.

There's only so many times the memories of the 2005 grand final can provide a pick-me-up.

No one would blame you for feeling hard done by either considering some of the players the club has stuck in your squad.

Step five — Acceptance

It's time to accept the current squad's make up does not work. Once you accept this, you can rebuild and realistically work towards a premiership.

Yours sincerely, Ben.

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