Under Tony Smith, Hull KR developed into a top side making the play-offs last season and even progressing all the way to the Super League semi-finals.
Then, less than 12 months later he took them all the way to the Challenge Cup semi-finals however the week before things started to unravel when Smith announced he was set to leave at the end of the year which sparked a downward spiral resulting in his premature departure and his assistant Danny McGuire taking over temporarily until new boss Willie Peters arrives.
McGuire is a serial Super League winner winning eight Grand Finals in nine attempts scoring eight Grand Final tries as arguably the greatest Grand Final player in the competition’s history.
According to a former teammate on Sky Sports Barrie McDermott, he suggested his success was no surprise given his need to win and he spoke about the impact this mentality could have on their play-off push which has unravelled since Smith’s shock announcement: “He hates losing at anything and the class he showed at the end was amazing. Look the Elliot Minchella try could’ve gone either way.
“But I don’t think they’ll make it.”
Meanwhile fellow Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin cautioned against McGuire using his memories as a Super League Champion to lead Hull KR to victory stating it could alienate his players: “I don’t think he can reference what made him win in the past because that can alienate players.”