The Catalans’ head coach Steve McNamara has denounced the comments allegedly made during a meeting with sports management company IMG; Giants chief executive Richard Thewlis has hit back at former England head coach’s claims
Last update: 07/23/22 9:37 p.m.
Steve McNamara has accused Huddersfield Giants of disrespecting his club the Catalans Dragons by claiming the French teams “bring nothing to the game”.
McNamara, who saw his side earn a last-minute 13-12 win at home to Giants in Betfred’s Super League on Saturday, was angered by comments allegedly made by Huddersfield in talks with IMG.
The global sports management company has agreed a 12-year deal with the RFL to ‘reinvent’ the game and held discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, and the Dragons head coach spoke out following of their victory.
“It was a real serious performance against a team that I think gives us no respect,” said McNamara, who spent the last three seasons of his playing career with Huddersfield.
“There is talk this week of Huddersfield saying that the French teams are giving nothing to the game in the talks with IMG and that the French teams shouldn’t take part in the Super League competition, which is an absolute disgrace.
“What the Catalans have brought to this competition in 16, 17 seasons is on par with what some of these clubs have brought in 100 years. It’s a terrible attitude towards our game and an aspect of the lack of respect that their club has shown us on a number of occasions recently their view and attitude towards expansion and French teams in the competition.
“I hope IMG understands this and looks at it from a very broad perspective and does the right thing for this game so that we’re not an M62 lane game in 100 years or there isn’t. have no game, and don’t listen to narrow-minded people who have their own interests at heart.”
Huddersfield chief executive Richard Thewlis hit back at McNamara’s claims, insisting that any comments made in meetings with IMG should be kept confidential.
“I don’t know how the Catalan coach would know what I said to IMG, given that I only met them for the first time last week in a Super League group meeting,” said Thewlis. PA Media.
“The way their Catalan representative interpreted the feelings of the confidential meeting is his prerogative.
“But I would say it’s best to keep these discussions private and we allow everyone to give their views honestly and we allow IMG to come up with their recommendations after taking surveys of all the stakeholders, which, I’m sure will.”
It’s not the first time the two clubs have been embroiled in a public war of words this season. -off to put back half an hour.
The two teams also spent much of the 2022 Super League season battling it out in the top four and there was further controversy on the pitch in that encounter, which was eventually settled with a drop goal from the side. Dragons full-back Sam Tomkins.
However, Giants boss Watson felt his side should have been given an offside penalty after Theo Fages won the ball from an earlier drop goal attempt by Mitchell Pearce which hit the posts with a score. always equal to 12-12.
“You look at the drop goal Catalan made at the end of the game which hit the post and Theo got in there – they’re all offside so how can they tackle Theo?” Watson said, adding: “I think we go on and win there, potentially.”