Dave Simms: Big questions for whoever is in charge

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I felt for Ryan Finnerty on Tuesday night, and not just because he had to stand next to me for all of the Steelers 2-1 Challenge Cup second leg victory over Nottingham.

Finnerty’s outburst on Sunday following the Steelers’ play-off exit had led to a one game suspension: the cup final, the final game of the season.

A moment that a coach should share with his team.

That final time together. That final battle.

Ryan gave instructions in the dressing room before and during the period breaks, but stood next to him you could feel his frustration.

You could feel his energy as he made every coaching move in his head; took every shot; made every pass and finished every hit for his team.

Whatever the Steelers decide lies ahead for Finnerty, (the coach was due to be released today) remember this; he is a good, decent and hard-working man.

He gave himself to the Steelers lock, stock and barrel and tried everything he could for this team and this club.

He felt it, he understood it.

The reality is, though, that we are the Steelers and the pressure here is to win, to lift trophies.

This is highlighted even more when our arch rivals lift two, and are favourites for three this season.

In Sheffield you are judged by one thing and one thing alone: success.

Tony Smith (Steelers owner) and Finnerty have met for discussions and it wasn’t going to be good news for Ryan.

Now the Steelers must dust themselves off and react, improve, move forward and deliver.

For a new coach, there will be questions; who does he bring in to an ageing squad?

Some players will move on or retire, and that will leave important gaps that any coach will have to be diligent in replacing.

The likes of Tylor Michel and Jason Ferguson will be sought-after targets, and their re-signing will surely be high up on the agenda of any coach.

The Steelers have a target, and that target has a great big Black Panther on its back.

Never has a summer recruitment been more important and the coaching position is the most important of them all.