Hamilton slams Naylor snub

Date published: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
CHRIS Hamilton has described as “beyond belief” a poll for Kingstone Press Championship One coach of the year that has snubbed his Oldham boss Scott Naylor.
Final choice will come from a short list of four — Stanley Gene (Gateshead), Mike Grady (South Wales), Gary Thornton (York) and Troy Perkins (Hemel).
The winner will be announced at the 2014 Kingstone Press Championships Awards Night in Manchester next Tuesday.
Voting is carried out by the nine coaches themselves.
Said the Oldham chairman: “I was disappointed last year when Scott wasn’t among the nominees, but this year I’m even more mystified.
“With due respect to those on the short list it is beyond belief that Scott Naylor isn’t seen as one of the top four coaches in Championship One.”
Last season, Naylor’s first at Whitebank, Oldham finished second in the table — only two points behind promoted North Wales Crusaders — and reached the play-off final, only to lose to Rochdale, who ended the regular season nine points behind Roughyeds.
This year, Naylor’s men finished third behind York and Hunslet, but beat them both away in the play-offs to qualify for their second final in two years under the command of the 42-year-old former Bradford Bulls and England centre.
They also beat the top two at Whitebank in the league and were the only club to finish the regular season with an unbeaten home record.
Added Hamilton: “If Scott is regarded, at best, as the fifth-ranked coach in our division then I’ve learned absolutely nothing in the last 17 years in dealing with coaches at Oldham and at other clubs.
“Given the well-publicised limited resources available to him at Oldham, he has done a remarkable job, as shown by our consistency over the last two seasons.
“Our two wins in the play-offs — achieved after voting took place — were no fluke and were testament to Scott’s hard work and single-mindedness as he strives to take us forward.
“Maybe, this is a case of some coaches taking a dislike to his direct style and the fact that he is an honest man who tells it as it is.
“If that’s the case, let them get on with it. I will take Scott’s style all day long.
“He and I are similar in that respect and I would much rather have a relationship like that.
“Above all else, he is a very knowledgeable coach in whom I have complete faith.”