Hughes to review Broncos season
London Broncos chairman David Hughes will personally lead an inquest into the team’s disappointing performances this season.
The Broncos are joint bottom of Stobart Super League at the halfway stage after winning just two of their first 13 matches and crashed out of the Challenge Cup with a 50-14 defeat at Huddersfield Giants last Sunday.
That prompted a board meeting involving Hughes, whose personal investment enabled the club to spend up to the salary cap this year, fellow director Gerry Bouman and chief executive Gus Mackay and a decision to conduct a thorough review.
In a statement, the club said: “The board are well aware of the frustrations shown by the club’s season-ticket holders and loyal fans after receiving several emails this week regarding the unacceptable performances by the team.
“The board’s recommendation is to undertake a full review of the playing department. The areas under review are the current squad, coaching, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning (which includes the fitness levels of the squad), nutrition and football administration.
“This review will be led by chairman David Hughes and supported by chief executive Gus Mackay.”
After finishing third from bottom last year, London were confident of a turnaround in fortunes after signing experienced overseas players of the calibre of Craig Gower, Michael Witt and 2011 NRL Grand-Final winners Michael Robertson and Shane Rodney.
But Rob Powell’s team have beaten only fellow strugglers Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Castleford Tigers and have not won a Super League game away from home for 14 months.
The statement added: “The board are as frustrated as the fans that, after signing new players in the close season who are highly experienced and come fully recommended, performances have not matched expectations.
“With 13 games remaining, this intervention is required to ensure that we can finish the season with some positive results and lay the foundation for the 2013 season both on and off the field.”
London, who dropped Harlequins and re-instated Broncos into their name after a re-branding exercise in the winter, will take a second game “on the road” on Sunday when they play Hull FC at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium, a fortnight after playing Bradford Bulls at Leyton Orient.