Scott Naylor’s Open Letter

Date published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OLDHAM RL Club coach Scott Naylor has warned that a revamped Championship One, including new clubs Oxford, Gloucester and Hemel Stags, will be tougher and more competitive than many people expect.

Two clubs will be promoted — the one finishing top of the nine-club division and the one that wins a six-team play-off featuring those finishing 2 to 7.
In an open letter to fans Naylor gives an insight into how he will tackle his new job — his first as overall boss — and suggests that club and supporters together can build an “exciting future” at Whitebank.
He writes:
Dear supporter,
Making speeches and writing letters is not my forte — I’m a doer rather than a talker — but as I am now head coach at Oldham RLFC it would be remiss not to introduce myself.
My playing career is of little relevance as I look ahead to the challenges and pressures of my first job as head coach and to the responsibilities I have taken on for the well-being of players, team and squad.
Together we can build an exciting future at Whitebank, starting with promotion from Championship One at the end of the 2013 season. If I did not genuinely believe that I wouldn’t have taken the job.
When I met the players for the first time as a group much of what was said was in-house and between them, management and coaches, but I can give you a taste of what I told them in respect of how I and my assistant Lee Spencer will go about the job.
The pre-season programme means as much to me as did my very first pre-season many years ago when I was starting out as a player.
We can look ahead to big things at Oldham but, as I told the players, I can’t do it on my own, nor can they take the club to where it needs to be without the continued backing of fans to whom this club means so much.
I’ve come to make a difference. I’m a rugby league man full stop. That’s me. Rugby league is what I do. It’s my life, and while I’m here it will get nothing but 100 per cent from me and 100 per cent from my players.
Some are new signings, some were here last year, some have been promoted from the reserves, but they have one thing in common . . . we have handpicked them. They are the boys we believe in.
As I told them, there are two words in the dictionary which leap out at me: ‘honesty’ and ‘respect’.
As a fan paying to watch your favourite team you can be assured that everything we do as a group who are proud to wear the Oldham jersey will be built on those two rock-sold principles.
It’s time Roughyeds were out of Championship One and heading back to where club and town deserve to be.
Collectively, we can make it happen, but in these tough times financially it is more important than ever before that fans find a way to assist by buying a season ticket, joining the club lottery and backing special fund-raisers.
Come the new season we will need you at Whitebank every game day.
Chris (the chairman) needs you; I need you; Lee Spencer needs you; but nobody needs you more than the boys on the field; the boys we believe in; the boys who will strain every sinew to give you something to shout about.
This is a fresh start for the club with a new coaching staff, new players, renewed optimism and inclusion in a competition that will be tougher and more exciting  than many people expect.
The dressing room will be bursting with enthusiasm and desire.
Back us with a season ticket or come and pay at the turnstiles and we will sweat blood to give value for money,
Respectfully and honestly yours,
Scott Naylor