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‘Ring Nathan Brown’ – Huddersfield Giants’ fans patience running out after fifth straight defeat

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Huddersfield Giants fell to a fourth straight Super League defeat last night as their Challenge Cup exit at the weekend was compounded by a loss against rivals Leigh Leopards.

Adrian Lam’s side won 16-10 to close within one point of Ian Watson’s men with the Leopards still having a game in hand over their rivals, but the questions are being asked of the Giants and particularly of Ian Watson.

The heights of 2022 that saw the club finish third in Super League whilst also making it to the Challenge Cup Final seem a long time ago with last season’s ninth-placed finish appearing more and more likely to be replicated this season.

Huddersfield Giants currently sit in eighth but are just one point ahead of Leigh who are rapidly rising, picking up seven of their last eight points in the same period that has seen the Giants pointless.

Those four losses in the league were compounded by the humiliating Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Warrington Wolves and it seems the tide is beginning to turn on Ian Watson in his fourth season at the John Smiths Stadium.

“Trust the process” – Is the patience of Huddersfield Giants fans wearing thin?

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Ian Watson is leading the club for a fourth season and thus far the only taste of success has been that 2022 campaign, during which the club extended his initial three-year deal to tie him down until the end of the 2026 season.

Since then though, it’s been a similar tale to year one with that ninth-placed finish of 2021 being replicated last year and now looking more likely as Leigh rise and the Giants begin to falter.

As such fans have begun to show frustration with the club’s social media being peppered with comments about his tenure and the coaching catchphrase ‘trust the process’.

“Trust the process, it’s only been four years” was the reaction of one fan whilst another joked that Watson couldn’t be judged until he’d made “at least 40” signings, a comment on the huge turnover of players that the Giants have had to assimilate in.

One of those major signings ahead of the 2023 season was Jake Connor who has been involved in plenty of on-field spats recently and was seemingly dropped for the game. Ian Watson did clarify post-match that there was a knee issue but Connor’s absence was notable among fans.

“Settled spine and all that talk,” was the sarcastic assessment of one fan with Connor’s absence seeing half-back Tui Lolohea move therefore creating a new six and seven combo, whilst there was also a change at hooker.

The question, or demand more so, that fans are asking is ‘When will Ken Davey take action’ with the tide turning against Ian Watson at an ever-increasing rate among the Huddersfield Giants fan base.

One fan even demanded that Davey should be ringing Nathan Brown who coached the team over a decade ago.

Fans to ‘vote with their feet’ on Ian Watson’s future?

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Reacting to his post-game comments that were posted to social media there was a host of irate fans with views of Watson’s tenure including a damning claim that it had been a “waste of three years”.

Another fan asked: “Why are no hard questions ever asked? The ground gets emptier by the game the flair is non-existent and sadly our great club is a laughing stock. When are things going to change?”

With a general election coming up, fans seem to be starting the trend of voting with their feet as one claimed that they wouldn’t be going next week despite being a season ticket holder.

On the topic of season tickets, one added: “I can’t stop thanking the lord I didn’t buy a season ticket to watch this shite, the team is a total embarrassment to the town. Is it any wonder the ground is empty week after week after week with second-raters like Wallis playing.”

With a must-win game at home to Hull FC coming, fans in the stadium is exactly what Watson and Huddersfield Giants need, however, it would seem that game could be a sombre affair that could see the few who do attend turn toxic if there’s any result other than a resounding win.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. MR RICHARD PERKINS

    May 25, 2024 at 3:48 pm

    Why does Watson and his staff stand arms folded on the touchline whereas every other coach is up in the stands with screens and data in front of them and where they can see the pattern of the game?

  2. John

    May 25, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    Every chance there will be more FC fans than Giants attending next week.

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