“Beware the McCormack factor”

Date published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
SCOTT Naylor has warned of dangers provided by the Steve McCormack factor in Oldham’s West Country clash with Gloucester All Golds.
One of the most experienced coaches outside Super League, McCormack masterminded the All Golds’ shock 34-24 win at London Skolars last Sunday in his first game in charge.
And Naylor knows he will be even keener to put one over on Roughyeds in his first home game at the Prince of Wales Stadium in leafy Cheltenham this Sunday (3pm kick off).
Gloucester raised many eyebrows a fortnight ago when tempting Wigan-based McCormack, Scotland’s head coach for the past ten years, to succeed Kiwi Brad Hepi 
The son of former Oldham centre Jim McCormack, he took the unfashionable Scots to the quarter-finals of the World Cup last autumn after also coaching Salford, Whitehaven, Widnes, Barrow and Swinton.
He led both Whitehaven and Widnes to a couple of grand finals and won the Northern Rail Cup with Widnes in 2007.
Said Naylor: “In his short time at Gloucester he will have worked hard to put a lot of structure into their play. They will be a different proposition now, as their win in London would indicate.
“He’s a very good coach and he’s proved himself wherever he has been. I’m expecting a very tough game.”
 Oldham’s poor defensive performance in a 31-30 home win against York formed part of last night’s routine review by coaching staff and players.
“We spoke about it and we looked at the things we needed to look at,” said the Oldham boss. “That’s it now. We’ve put it to bed. Time to move on and start planning for Gloucester.”
Adam Files apart, he said everyone came relatively unscathed through last Sunday’s thriller.
Files, a substitute making his first appearance after routine knee surgery, was on the field for only six minutes before he broke down again. 
The next step, said Naylor, was for Files to go back to the consultant for another prognosis.
There was better news of prop Paddy Mooney, who has been out for several weeks with a back complaint. He did a full training session last night and was said to be well down the road to recovery.
Also in the selection mix for Sunday will be several players who sat out the York game — Sam Gee, Jason Boults, Tom Whitehead, Mark Hobson, Ben Wood, Edwin Okanga-Ajwang and on-loan Steve Roper, who has still to make his bow in Oldham colours.