Everyone’s favourite autocrat is at it again. Trevor’s onto the story early, but it now seems that 2 of our most celebrated Olympic heroes are to be McCully fodder and gone-burger from coaching the sport in which they were champions.
Ian Ferguson and Paul McDonald are being squeezed out by Canoe Racing NZ, and the reason why?
“I was told that Murray McCully felt it was unconscionable that I would be coaching Stevie,” Ferguson said.
Murray McCully, never afraid to get his mates in to do the job himself, thinks having one of our most successful sportsmen ever coaching is just too much nepotism. Yes, it is his son who happens to be one of the best hopes of the new generation, but we didn’t kick Walter Hadlee out of NZ cricket when his sons turned out to be quite good. If it’s an All Black lineage it’s celebrated.
But Murray knows best. He always does. Just like with International Aid where he gets his people in or he cuts funding, now with sport, he picks the team or the funding is over. Best not leave it to the experts, we’ve got Murray now.