Things are getting ugly up in the Hunter region.
The way the club has handled coach Nathan Brown’s departure plus the lack of support from the players has left many media pundits scratching their heads.
And this is just off the field drama…
On-field, the Knights have capitulated in the last two months after being situated in the top four during the midway point of the season.
Last week they were belted 46-4 by the Wests Tigers, which saw coach Nathan Brown offer to leave two weeks early. His offer was refused.
The panel on NRL 360 on Fox League of Phil Rothfield and Paul Kent came out swinging on Monday night with their words on how badly the Knights have handled the past two months on and off the field.
“I just want to see some honesty out of Newcastle,” Kent said.
“And this mob, for them to sit there and sell this crap argument last week about: ‘well it’s a professional game, a coach moving on, that’s part of the business we’re in.’
“It was embarrassing.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield sided with Kent though took a step further saying they don’t have the right captain in Mitchell Pearce.
“What they lack, outside of courage, is leadership,” said Rothfield.
“I’m talking Mitchell Pearce leadership; I don’t think he’s a first-grade NRL captain.”
Kent also revealed some interesting news on Tuesday, suggesting club boss Phil Gardner has told Kalyn Ponga’s father the club won’t offer him a new deal until Ponga has a new agent.
“At the same time [Adam] O’Brien was being wooed, Ponga, the Knights superstar, began seeking an upgrade and extension to his contract,” Kent wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
“But Gardner told Ponga’s father Andre Ponga they won’t discuss an upgrade while Wayde Rushton remains his manager. Andre Ponga told Rushton this earlier this month, a day before Rushton left for America.
The Knights will be looking to win their last home game of the season when the last-placed Titans come to town this Saturday at 3pm.