Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Dear Editor

Re: The solution to Samoan rugby’s woes 

If an addicted gambler shows no sign of stopping or at the very least finally admits to their affliction, whereby they admit they are no longer in control of their ability to manage their finances, are we to suddenly curry favour for them and gather together to re-finance their habit?

Obviously, the answer is no.

At the very least one would try to offer some counsel or guidance to help them overcome their affliction or teach them a more responsible way to manage their money - yeah?

So when a group of so-called professionals in their chosen fields form a board of responsible members tasked with good governance, integrity and sound fiscal acumen progressively show a loss year on year, thus casting doubt in the minds of not only the management and players but the nation itself - is it reasonable to expect that throwing more money at them will be the cure? 

Money that most can ill-afford. I don’t think so. Maybe I’m wrong?

The panacea to all S.R.U ills is not to willingly throw more money into a poorly managed entity with the forlorn hope that this will fix everything. 

Wouldn’t it be better to totally re-assess the performance of the current management in the hope of finding a more responsible and fiscally sound platform first and then start from there?

It just feels like an absolution of responsibility has conveniently shifted to an unfair onus on the people of Samoa to bail (once again) a shambolic history of poor management? 

Change, is not always a bad thing? Just saying.




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