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Huddersfield Giants: Ian Watson responds to suggestions he’ll be sacked

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson in a Super League interview

Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson has responded to suggestions that he will be sacked after his side lost 48-0 to Warrington Wolves, the club’s eighth defeat in their past nine games.

Seven of those eight defeats have come in Super League and that’s seen the Giants spiral down the table to eighth, just three points clear of tenth and six points shy of the playoffs. The club haven’t actually been in a playoff spot since Round Eight, way back in April.

Defeat to Warrington wasn’t just another humiliating blow, but one that could spell the end for Ian Watson with the pressure mounting on the Huddersfield Giants boss given the recent run of form.

That form is also compiled by the fact that the club’s 2022 season where they made the Challenge Cup Final and finished third is now looking like the outlier as opposed to the benchmark.

Such a heavy defeat was bound to lead to more questions relating to the sack and last night was no different with the Huddersfield Giants boss having to bat back questions before eventually admitting that “it kills you”.

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Huddersfield Giants boss admits pressure is on after embarrassing loss

Huddersfield Giants coach Ian Watson is under huge pressure according to Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin.

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Asked about the humiliating manner of the loss and if he believed it would lead to personal ramifications, Watson told BBC West Yorkshire: “I said this week when I was talking to somebody that I can’t control any of that, that’s for other people to decide.”

He’d go on to explain his personal situation, claiming that he instead focuses on the little wins.

Watson said: “The way that I’ve handled things is that when you see some things like some of the younger players coming in, then they’re small wins to me as a coach. It’s really mad how you look at it.

“We’re in the position we are, we’re on one win out of eight, yet Aiden McGowan’s making his debut and Jack Billington’s potentially going to get on there. They’re little wins to see how they’ve developed with the coaching you’ve given them.”

However, he appeared keen to double down on a point that he had made to Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks that his side didn’t have the quality to compete as he referenced his inexperienced players to England captain George Williams, seemingly suggesting that he has built a squad for the future with sounded ominous.

“You look at some of the other young players you working with like Sam Halsall and Elliot Wallace and they’ve made errors but young players are going to make errors. Harry Rushton and Sam Hewitt too, they’re going to get better but at the moment they’re not at George Williams level.

“There’s some good guys in there who are gonna be good players but does that mean that I’ll get fired on the back end of it? We’ll see, that’s for somebody else to make a call from that.”

Concluding the line of questioning, Watson was brutally honest as he accepted that results like the one suffered last night and the pressure that comes with them “absolutely smashes your brains in”.

He surmised: “I love what I do, I’m passionate about winning, I want to win. This kills you when you’re in this kind of position if you’re being real honest.

“Is it stressful? Yeah, it kills you. It absolutely smashes your brain in.”

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