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Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock questions Matt Peet’s controversial media comments

In recent times a number of coaches have been under pressure, namely Rohan Smith at Leeds Rhinos, Daryl Powell at Warrington Wolves and Ian Watson at Huddersfield Giants which sparked some comments from Wigan Warriors boss Matt Peet.

Looking at the three coaches who have been under pressure lately, with all three clubs linked with a move for former St Helens boss Justin Holbrook by Sky Sports after his exit from Gold Coast Titans, each is in a different situation.

Smith appears to have regained the faith of the Leeds fans and never lost the backing of the higher ups. Things were low after defeats to bottom two Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity but great wins over Huddersfield and Warrington have turned things around but exacerbated the pressure on both.

Watson went into the season with high expectations but because of injuries and bad luck the Giants are in the bottom three.

As for Powell, his side started with eight wins on the bounce but their recent form has been indifferent and he is paying the price for raising expectations.

However, as these questions were asked Peet at Wigan somewhat hit out at the media for upping the pressure on coaches and called for more empathy.

But following this, Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock has responded in his Daily Mirror column saying that this is a part of the job the sport must accept.

“As a head coach, you get your good times and bad times but you are always under scrutiny.

“That’s part of the job. The problem is everyone who isn’t a coach thinks they can do a better job than you! It’s a challenge. And regardless of who you are, if you get a string of poor results, you are going to face pressure.

“It’s then about the owners and whether they have faith in their coach or not and how strong their relationship is.

“I saw Wigan coach Matt Peet’s comments defending Ian Watson after the Huddersfield boss’ position came under fire when Giants lost 54-0 at Leeds last week.

“Peet said the media here needs to have more empathy and rugby league’s not like football.

“But journalists have the right to ask questions and, for me, coverage here is fairly balanced.

“Every situation where a coach is in a losing streak is different. Clearly, there are times when a club does need to make a change and for me – like everything with coaching – that decision is very much an art form: there’s some science in it but there’s also some guesswork in there.

“Personally, I’ve never been interested in a coaching role. You can have a three-year contract but then have six bad games in a row and be sacked. There’s only a small field of jobs as well so not many become career coaches in this country…”

You can read the full column here.

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