There's been quite a bit of talk about the Cardiff Blues spread amongst quite a few different threads (the Henson thread, Roberts thread and the Glasgow v Blues thread), so thought that it might be worth starting a dedicated thread to discuss what's going wrong and what can be done to change things at the Cardiff Blues.
In my option, there's a number of current issues effecting the region, these involve:
- Poor coaches in Baber and Burnell.
- Too much influence from Peter Thomas and the rest of the board (who's decision was it to sign Henson in the first place, because it didn't appear that B&B wanted him there)
- Player exodus. Gwyn Jones suggested that 15 players will be leaving at the end of the season. We know a number of the already (Gethin Jenkins, Rhys Thomas, Casey Laulala, Richie Rees, Dan Parks, with rumours about John Yapp, Tom James, Alex Cuthbert, and a few players being released/retiring in Martyn Williams, Molitika, Tito?, Blair?)
- Uncertainties about where the Blues will be playing. Are they staying at the CCS or are they returning to Cardiff Arms Park?
- Poor crowds. This is an issue throughout Wales, but it's still hitting the Blues hard. With so many big-name players leaving, is this only going to get worse?
- Relationship with the rest of the region. The valleys are part of the Blues region, but they certainly don't feel like they are, and are players from Ponty etc. are getting a fair chance with the Blues?
- Lack of quality tightheads.
That's quite a few issues to sort through. What can be done to change some of these? Changing the coaches would be a good start, but certainly won't solve everything.