Ikin backs Cowboys’ selection of coach
COWBOYS board member Ben Ikin has backed Paul Green amid rumours that leading North Queensland players have questioned his coaching style.
Former NRL journeyman Ikin, a member of the sub-committee that interviewed the shortlist of candidates for the head coaching position, dismissed reports in the media of player discontent.
He said Green barely had time to meet most of the players, let alone ruffle some feathers.
"I don't think he's been there long enough, has he?" Ikin said. "As far as it stands there now, I haven't heard anything."
Green has made a steady rise through the coaching ranks, leading Wynnum Manly to successive Queensland Cups in 2011-12.
In 2013 he was appointed as the head coach of the Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup team and assistant coach to Trent Robinson's NRL side, which won the premiership.
Ikin said Green had paid his dues as an apprentice coach and stood out against some handy applicants for the head coaching role.
"I WAS exposed to him through the interview process and there were some very good candidates, and he's been nothing short of impressive," Ikin said.
"Paul Green won the job - the others didn't lose it.
"Right now he has ticked every box except the major one, which is go up there and do the job that you're hired to do, which is to bring success to North Queensland, which will play out over time."
With a roster boasting some of the best talent in the NRL, Ikin said it was up to Green to convince his roster that they still had everything to prove.
"When there is a lot of talk on how good your squad is, sometimes the dilemma for the coach is not having them believe their own press," he said.
"So much needs to go right and so much hard work needs to happen to win a competition.
"If you put the cart before the horse, you are not going to get close to a grand final."
Ikin was on the Coast yesterday for the Men of League Charity Golf Day at Horton Park.