I have met both grant and darren several times.both been normal down to earth blokes and always helpful with any questions and advice.
That's it! I aint fishing for the south this year if i've gotta buy me own drink!! ;)
Just a side point lads- why wasn't nuddy picked for this years event? There can't be many with more experience of fishing in ireland than sir bob.
Just a thought could this be because Preston dont want Garbolino anglers in the team? its a question not a statement
It might have to do with the Fact that Bobs EGO is as Big as Tommys!!
I count Tom ,Grant & Darren as Personal Freinds
My own feelings are that Player Managers DO NOT work ,Tommy has nothing to prove to anyone on the World stage or in Angling in General!!
Tommy IMO needs to take a tip from the 2 Marks both Fantastic Anglers in their own Right ,But as International Managers Together they are Constantly work solely for the Good of the England Team & its Sponsors
Anglings own Clough & Taylor
If Tom wants to Fish then so be it ,But get a Manager that wants to manage End of !!
This Country has for Many years been the Fore runner of Feeder fishing,there are a lot of Unbelievable Anglers from all points of the Country
That could take the Feeder team to success
Sadly the Team or Squad is actualy made up of Anglers from Mainly the Commercial aspect of our Sport!!
So in fact they are still Learning the Skills that so many Running Water Anglers have developed over many many years
Trials would help in a way but the Favouritismn will always be there .
Grant & Darren have put not only Huge amounts of Practice ,Time , Money into this venture but have both Devoted a lot of their own fishing time for the Benefit of Team England
For what ?? To be ignored because they are not Currently Flavour of the Month !! personaly i Sympathise & feel they have been treated unfairly
Until we actualy Treat the Feeder side as a Team we will never Win Gold
Tommy i am sorry mate but to try to Manage & Fish is a Mistake!!
Look to Real Feeder Anglers that use their Well honed Skills on a Regular Basis ,Not just on the Odd Jolly /Get together in the sun
Fair points fellas. For clarification I wasn't trying to have a pop at Grant, I've seen a number of the videos he's done and he always comes across as a really decent bloke, and he's right up there on my list of favourite 'celebrity' anglers. Just thought it was a shame that he said what he did, maybe it needed to be said, and as I said I don't know all the facts. I just thought it wouldn't do him too many favours but maybe I'm wrong about that. The comparison to England footballers wasnt fair I suppose, and if the anglers had to pay for the trip to SA out of there own pockets then I can appreciate why he'd be pee'd off.