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Wests Tigers' Robbie Farah, Grant Mayer clear air after torrid fortnight

"I don’t want to keep talking about it": Tigers captain Robbie Farah.

"I don’t want to keep talking about it": Tigers captain Robbie Farah. Photo: Getty Images

Robbie Farah has ended his standoff with Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer with the pair breaking their silence during a brief meeting on Wednesday.

While Fairfax Media understands Farah was anything but receptive to the post-training chat, the Tigers skipper wants to clear the air with his the Tigers boss next week after the side returns from playing North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday.

Lookig forward: Tigers captain Robbie Farah.

Lookig forward: Tigers captain Robbie Farah. Photo: Getty Images

Farah was critical of Mayer when he broke his silence on the Footy Show on Thursday night after calling for Mayer to show more support for him and his teammates.

The NSW hooker said he wanted to move on from the ongoing saga when he fronted media at the end of Tigers training at Concord Oval on Friday.

“I didn’t question his leadership,” Farah said. “I said I was disappointed. He spoke to me on Wednesday. We have spoken briefly at training.

Cleared the air: Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer (pictured) and Robbie Farah have ended their standoff.

Cleared the air: Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer (pictured) and Robbie Farah have ended their standoff. Photo: Supplied

“I told him I want to focus on this weeks game. Me and him will work through that. We are both professionals and want what’ best for this club. He is the CEO and I’m the captain. We’ll deal with that in private.”

Farah received a round of applause from his teammates as they made their way from the training paddock as Farah walked towards the awaiting media.

Farah said it was a “big relief” having been able to have his say to Phil Gould in a pre-recorded interview on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to keep talking about it,” Farah said. “I didn’t want to reply with emotion. I’ve been guilty in the past of saying some wrong things with emotion. I’m that type of person, I’m pretty passionate and I get a bit emotional at times. I didn’t want to reply until I was ready and I did that. Hopefully everyone can move on.

“I respect the fact you guys have to ask questions but I hope you respect the fact that I don’t want to talk about it any more.”

The Tigers will travel to Townsville without Pat Richards, Bodene Thompson and Luke Brooks who have all been ruled out from the squad named on Tuesday.

Curtis Sironen will again partner Blake Austin in the halves while Chris Lawrence is expected to make his return from an ankle injury.

Kurtis Rowe will replace Richards on the wing.

7 comments so far

  • As I have said all along, Grant Mayer is the problem at Wests Tigers and should be moved on before WT implodes before the end of the current season...

    Date and time
    August 08, 2014, 10:46AM
    • Same guy was in charge at Manly when the proverbial hit the fan there a few years ago. Co-incidence? Maybe.

      Date and time
      August 08, 2014, 12:37PM
    • I understand that Mayer has been a shocker at every club he has held (mid-level) positions at. He had 'stay away' written all over him. So how typical of Wests Tigers to give him the top job!! That club has had shocking management for years. Stephen Humphreys was an absolute disaster and now Mayer is following in his footsteps. Dont forget Craig Bellamy was just about to sign as Wests Tigers coach in 2003 when he said he just wanted to check on the quality of the "back office". What he saw shocked him all the way to Melbourne. Wests would have won several premierships with Bellamy. I just feel sorry for Wests fans and the players - they deserve decent management.

      E White
      Date and time
      August 08, 2014, 2:32PM
  • God I'm bored of seeing headlines about this whole saga... it's just so repetitive and dull. It's been two weeks now and bucket loads of ink have been spilled over what is essentially a story about a bloke being outed by his mate for not liking his coach.

    Date and time
    August 08, 2014, 11:23AM
    • Grant Mayer is the problem. Sack him and get someone with his heart on Wests Tigers culture. This bloke is a mid-level manager at best. Failed at Bulldogs failed at Manly, failed at GWS and now a major failure at Wests Tigers. No people skills. Short man syndrome.

      worried tiger
      North sydney
      Date and time
      August 08, 2014, 12:34PM
      • Why on god's green earth doesn't Robbie Farah just leave..... He is a disruptive person and obviously does not live by his comments............ Like when Benji Marshall left and he stated "He would never speak to him again................" interesting that they had lunch together last week

        Date and time
        August 08, 2014, 12:55PM
        • Chrissie,
          Your comments would have more merit if you knew what you were talking about. Perhaps you have been reading too much of the claptrap that keeps being dredged up by the media to continue to sell newspapers and commercial air time. First, he is contracted to WT until 2017; the comments to which you might refer are those which might have been "selectively reported" or taken out of context; as a senior player and club captain, he is entitled to have a say on club matters, even if they might ruffle a few feathers, and finally, it has become blatantly obvious that the issues pertaining to the Tiges emanate from the back office, as they have for a long time, and not the playing or coaching staff. If you don't like him, just come out and say so. I don't know Robbie Farah, but I have have the utmost respect for him as a footballer and club stalwart. It's time that this matter was put to bed, something the WT management has been unwilling or unable to do.

          Wild West
          Date and time
          August 09, 2014, 10:29AM

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