The Catalan team’s head coach, Steve McNamara, protested the comments allegedly made during a meeting with sports management company IMG; Giants chief executive Richard Thewlis has reacted to the former England head coach’s assertions
Last updated: 7/23/22 9:37 pm
Steve McNamara accused Huddersfield Giants of disrespecting his Catalans Dragons club by claiming the French teams “brought nothing into the game”.
McNamara, who saw his side win 13-12 last minute at home against the Giants in the Betfred Super League on Saturday, was angered by Huddersfield’s alleged comments during the game. negotiating with IMG.
The global sports management company has signed a 12-year agreement with the RFL to “re-imagine” the game and has held discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, and the Dragons head coach has spoken out after: their victory.
McNamara, who has spent the last three seasons of his career with Huddersfield, said: “It was a really tough performance against a team that I don’t think gives us any respect. at all”.
“There was news this week by Huddersfield saying that French teams offered nothing to the game in negotiations with IMG and that French teams should not be in the Super League competition, which is an absolute disgrace. .
“What the Catalan team has brought to this competition in 16, 17 seasons is on par with what some of those clubs have brought in 100 years. It’s a bad attitude towards their game. us and one aspect of the disrespect their club has shown us on a number of recent occasions, their stance and attitude towards the Open and the French teams in the competition.
“I hope IMG takes this and looks at it from a really big perspective and does what’s right with this game so that we’re not the M62 corridor game in 100 years time or not. have games, and don’t listen to petty people who have self-interest in their hearts.”
Huddersfield CEO Richard Thewlis hit back at McNamara’s assertions, insisting that any comments made during meetings with IMG should be kept confidential.
“I don’t know how the Catalan coach learned what I told IMG, as I only met them for the first time last week during a Super League meeting of the group,” said Thewlis. PA Media.
“The Catalan club’s representative explained how the feeling of the secret meeting was his privilege.
“But I suggest it’s better that these discussions remain private and that we allow all to express their views honestly and we allow IMG to make their recommendations. after taking input from all stakeholders that I’m sure they will.”
This is not the first time the two clubs have engaged in a war of words this season, with consecutively broke out after a 28-12 victory over Huddersfield against the Catalans at John Smith Stadium in April after France had travel problems forcing the match to be postponed by half an hour.
The two teams spent most of the 2022 Super League season competing for the top four and there was further controversy on the field in this encounter, which was ultimately resolved by a goal from Dragons full-back Sam Tomkins.
However, Giants coach Watson felt his side should have had a penalty for offside after Theo Fages recovered the ball from Mitchell Pearce’s earlier scoring attempt, hitting the post with The score is still 12-12.
“You look at the goal Catalan made late in the game. Watson said, adding: “I think we go on and win there, potentially.”