Super League really is taking a funny turn as week three saw another of the competition’s more famous side’s take a turn for the worst in St Helens.
The Saints went down to a surprise 16-12 home loss against Wakefield Trinity, a result that dropped them into the bottom four.
From a club that were champions less than three years ago, the Saints sure are plummeting and funnily enough, it is since Keiron Cunningham took over.
So is he solely to blame? Or is it perhaps backroom staff and scouts as their signings in previous years sure haven’t been eye catching.
Back to when Cunningham assumed the helm, he has helped guide the Saints back into the top four twice but their consistency has been awful throughout and they have been far from silverware.
And now, his side are arguably facing the danger of a place in the Super 8s Qualifiers should life continue as they have gone from contenders to pretenders in no time at all, which is worrying!
One aspect in particular was his dislike of Travis Burns. Burns is known for his hot-headiness but this is an individual every rugby league side needs to make them tick.
Cunningham seemed to disagree and thus eventually saw Burns phased out before the latter departed.
This is coupled by their lack of squad depth as Cunningham is relying on inexperienced youngsters to come in and do the job.
Wrong move by Keiron in all honesty, yes, their young lads need some first team action but they need some more experience in reserve to help ease that kind of transition.
That lack of experience was evident as they managed the game poorly against Wakefield as well as against Leigh, where they started far too slow!
Before Cunningham took charge, the Saints would have won both games as their attitude was much more disciplined when they were champions back in 2014.
However, Cunningham is maybe being too light on his players and this maybe how the Saints have become lethargic.
They have become too obvious in attack and rather lazy in defence as the Wakefield pivots caused torment on many occasions, even in such poor conditions.
He attempted to come up with various excuses, even criticising the penalty try decision, which in fairness was as visible to notice as Kim Kardashian’s behind respectively.
The players should take some responsibility too for this, after all, they are professionals (supposedly).
But this is down to the recruitment and unfortunately, it never stood out and the Saints as it stands, haven’t evolved in any way.
Other areas of weakness includes their aging players, such as James Roby and Jon Wilkin.
Both have had quality careers but there’s only so much they can do and soon they will retire and the way it is going, Cunningham will have failed to find some replacements.
This could see them suffer the same fate as Leeds Rhinos did in 2016 and perhaps both might go that way in 2017.
Cunningham is slowly destroying his great legacy he built up with the club so maybe it is time for a change.
Otherwise, their shoddy attack and poor game management will only continue, which will leave most, especially the youngsters uninteresting as the club continues into decline.
The question is who to bring in? Should they look at another one of their former playing staff in Sean Long or Paul Wellens or move away from that area altogether and bring in someone entirely new to the club?
After all, someone new can bring new ideas to take the club forward once again. Yes the transition will exist but given time, that figure probably won’t be as bad as Cunningham is taking the Saints as it stands.
There’s always the possibility they may become stronger later in the season, but how long can they continue like this?
Enduring a relatively average season throughout before a strong finish but still no silverware. In fact not even a final looks the case again.
Maybe it is time for the veteran to depart from the job as someone new and unattached can take a team forward; just look at Nathan Brown and Michael Maguire.
There’s still a chance he can find a remedy to this but what’s your say?
Should Cunningham remain in an attempt to bring the success back to Saints or is a change needed and if so, in how many areas, if not just Cunningham’s?!