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Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems


The enigma.

By Andrew Collins
April 2 2012

With both #Cardiff Blues and #Henson trending on Twitter throughout Monday, it was international news that the former Welsh international had been fired…

When Gavin Henson initially signed with the Cardiff Blues 6 months ago, this web site wrote a fairly scathing report on the Henson story so far. It was implied that he lacked the physical fitness, game time and professional attitude to succeed in the modern game. (Link at the bottom of this page.)

 

Yet, I do not feel any self-righteousness or a sense of ‘I told you so’ this evening, indeed, far from it. In fact, I’m actually left feeling that we need him more than he heeds us, despite yet another controversial headline.

 

In his brief stint with the Blues (8 games), Henson featured predominantly at full back, with two appearances at centre and his last ill-fated cameo on the wing against Glasgow. He was not once played in his favoured position of outside half.

 

This, despite, announcing he wanted to compete with Dan Parks upon signing and the latter being widely regarded as playing very poorly throughout the season.

 

It was no secret that Parks would be leaving the Blues at the end of the season, but yet not once have the coaches considered given Henson a chance to demonstrate what he could do there in Parks’ absence. Who knows, we may have learnt something about the former Welsh International that would’ve saved us dipping into the transfer market for Jason Tovey.

 

In those 8 games, Gav didn’t do a great deal. He huffed and puffed here and there, made a few good tackles and organised the defence relatively well. He made some errors, did some things well. Most would argue that we don’t need him. However underneath all the Henson ‘saga’ something far more important and worrying is happening.

 

Ultimately, it was obvious from the outset that Henson was never going to have his contract renewed. Perhaps the real danger of trying him at 10 was that it may actually work, and we’d have had to admit that we simply couldn’t afford a player of his calibre anymore.

 

What he did on the plane was, needless to say, stupid, immature, pathetic, irresponsible and downright dull. In his infamous autobiography, Henson condemns the lack of professionalism shown by Swansea players when he was an academy product growing up, saying their drinking habits and behaviour were childish. He implies that they were relics in the modern day game and poor role models for aspiring stars and supporters.

 

To see Henson’s fall from grace in such style is, genuinely, very sad.

 

As to whether his sacking was the right thing to do, I see very little point in even debating. The comparison has been made throughout the day that Northampton’s Calum Clarke intentionally broke an opponents arm during a match and only gets a ban, while chucking ice cubes on a plane gets Gavin fired.

 

A fair point. But it wasn’t as though he was ever going to be staying beyond June. This decision, really, just lets the Blues take the moral high horse as a reason for chucking him out. It masks the truth that the Cardiff Blues are broke and regional rugby is broken.

 

Gethin Jenkins, Casey Laulala, Dan Parks, Richie Rees, Martyn Williams, John Yapp, Rhys Thomas, Maama Molitika, Deiniol Jones, Ceri Sweeney are all leaving the end of the season. Today, again, there has been more bad news that Ben Blair is in advanced talks with a French outfit while there are on-going doubts over the futures of Alex Cuthbert, Tom James, Tao Filise, Paul Tito and Ryan Tyrrel. At this rate, the Cardiff Blues will be playing an under 21’s side next season. The club is in dire financial troubles and the future of Welsh rugby has never looked so shaky. The foundations of the game are slipping from under our feet and we seem totally powerless to stop it going under.

 

So excuse me for not getting too concerned with the latest chapter in the Gavin Henson story, but there are far more pressing things to worry about.

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Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
theArmsPark.co.uk (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 18:08
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Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
Joni (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 19:27
I agree, next season will be tough for the Blues. It seems we will depend a lot on the Acadamy players. I thought Tom James signed a two year contract last season?

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
Chris Scumv Forum (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 19:53
As I said earleir today on twitrter, nothing like a Gav story to detract attention from the REAL story that being the 31-3 loss at Glasgow, and the apparent lack of any sort of direction on the field. it is clear that Baber and Burnel are simply not up to the task, and it is painful to watch cardiff descending into chaos. This coming from an Ospreys supporter, so we know how it feels.

The team will behave according to the way they are managed.

I rest my case

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
bloogoo (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 20:17
Nice article. Blues are a complete joke. I'd happily see the region disband to get rid of the incompetent @#$%& behind the scenes.

A bad day for Cardiff and The Blues.

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
BlueButtyBoy (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 20:18
I knew that the following were leaving:
Gethin Jenkins
Casey Laulala
Dan Parks
Richie Rees
Martyn Williams
John Yapp
Rhys Thomas

I didn't realise the following were also leaving, when was it confirmed:
Maama Molitika
Deiniol Jones
Ceri Sweeney

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
Cardifflose (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 20:39
Ceri has been offered and excepted a coaching tole within blues academy and will play for Ponty, Mollys knee will not hold up for another year, Deinol is out of contract and wanted badly by Dragons.
Tom James did re sign but I am sure they said on scrum v on Friday he was off. Ben Blair is a new one on me and also been informed Clemont offering Ä375,000 transfer fee for halfpenny sad smiley

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
wales606 (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 21:43
Quote:
Cardifflose
Ceri has been offered and excepted a coaching tole within blues academy and will play for Ponty, Mollys knee will not hold up for another year, Deinol is out of contract and wanted badly by Dragons.
Tom James did re sign but I am sure they said on scrum v on Friday he was off. Ben Blair is a new one on me and also been informed Clemont offering Ä375,000 transfer fee for halfpenny sad smiley

Blues could certainly use the money

And he might actually win something with Clermont.

Not good though...:/

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
PaulJ (IP Logged)
02/04/2012 23:14
Quote:
Cardifflose
Ceri has been offered and excepted a coaching tole within blues academy and will play for Ponty, Mollys knee will not hold up for another year, Deinol is out of contract and wanted badly by Dragons.
Tom James did re sign but I am sure they said on scrum v on Friday he was off. Ben Blair is a new one on me and also been informed Clemont offering Ä375,000 transfer fee for halfpenny sad smiley

Some very inaccurate statements made here.
Sweeney has another year remaining on his contract, Molitika is physically fit but has been informed he is surplus to requirement next season, D. Jones is to retire due to shoulder problems, T.James has another year remaining & B. Blair has signed for Agen for next season.

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
boggieboo (IP Logged)
03/04/2012 00:33
Henson is a utility player and was used as one. As for his best position it had to be centre can anyone tell me the last time he played fly half? And Glasgow he came on for Cuthbert but he did end up playing full back. But as for the the others players I think maybe we are just need to calm down abit the only one I am really concerned about is Cuthbert as the rest I think are 30 or older. They have already said they want to create a team around Roberts, Halfpenny, Warburton, Davies and i hope Cuthbert. Obviously I would love to keep Gethin and Casey but I'm hoping a few new signings come in and bring in a our good youngsters.

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
fabric (IP Logged)
03/04/2012 07:28
Quote:
boggieboo
I'm hoping a few new signings come in and bring in a our good youngsters.
Dont hold your breath if i were you. Any decent players have been snapped up by now. What decent player would want to come to the Blues and play under these pretending coaches and management ?

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
03/04/2012 09:56
While I don't wish to defend the lacklustre performances and clearly clueless, tacticless coaches I think it has been a very difficult season.

The mood surrounding the Blues, pretty much all season, has been awful. So many players contracts were up that it must've been a genuinely depressing place to be. From a coaches point of view, how do you inspire a squad which many of whom are either confirmed as leaving at the end of the year, or worse left with no idea on what their future will be.

The only time we have actually seen good atmosphere's have been back at the Arms Park, London Irish away and Racing Metro at home - all of which resulted in wins (although not great performances).

I think tweedle dee and dweedle dumb will have learnt a hell of a lot of about coaching this season, and in the long run will be better coaches for it.

However, they NEED to be replaced at the end of this campaign so that we really can draw a line under what has happened this year, and begin afresh.

I do think that a new coaching set up is totally necessary, if nothing else just to bring in some positive attitude to the players and, as I say, propose a clean start for all the squad.

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Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
yCymro (IP Logged)
04/04/2012 17:27
Ben Blair's been in talks with Agen.

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
cardiffblueblood (IP Logged)
08/04/2012 09:53
interested to see what price plan is produced for next seasons tickets. there is no way on earth it can be anywhere near this seasons.

10 pound all games 5 for kids , free parking, reduced food costs or we will see 3 gamesa year where 6000 plus turn up

 
Re: Henson Sacking Masks Far More Serious Problems
Laulala was a tellytuby wasn't he? (IP Logged)
14/04/2012 23:45
With regards the Henson, he didn't really ever put in a good performance. On the other hand he didn't really put in a bad performance either.

Ultimately he had played 8 games in nigh on three years, so what could we expect, at times his class was clear for all to see. In particular that game at the Arms park where he set up the try with a world class touch (then did something even better for the try that was disallowed). I wouldn't have said he had a good game that day mind, just that he showed that the class was still there. With time, patience and a decent coach we might have got that out of him over 80 minutes on regular basis. Instead we treated him poorly pretty much the whole time.

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