Visibly distressed, Taylor at times fought to keep control of his emotions as he spoke about his passion for Souths, his strong bond with the players and his belief that the side had a big future with the roster available for next year.
Taylor discussed the night he got into trouble with big forward David Fa’alogo, confirming that he wasn’t intoxicated and while having a few drinks, drank water at regular intervals to keep in control.
It does seem harsh that Taylor was sacked; however surely the under pressure coach must have known he was walking a tight-rope.
Taylor suggested he will use legal avenues to clear his name and essentially fight for some form of compensation for his final year of contract that is now seemingly lost.
After missing the NRL finals for the past 2 years, in addition having a glittering roster at South Sydney and finally the introduction of coaches John Lang and Gordon Tallis around him – surely Taylor must have felt nervous, and in hindsight should have been more cautious.
While David Fa’alogo may have been the catalyst for this to blow up, Taylor still put himself in harms way by attending the player function for longer than 1 or 2 drinks and then finally getting into ‘horseplay’ with David Fa’alogo which set off the ticking time bomb.
Of his own admission, Taylor said he was a ‘hands on’ coach and no doubt worked closely with South Sydney players.
This is always a dangerous predicament, Tommy had the same problem when he was in charge of Wests – the larrikin would smoke and drink with players and ultimately ‘got too close to his staff’ in one sense.
A modern day coach needs to be a man manager with the respect of his coaching staff and playing group.
A coach donning a karate outfit and drinking with players hardly sets the ‘respect’ level high enough and will always lead to trouble in the long run.