Cowboys to ease pressure on coach Green

Laine Clark
North Queensland Cowboys' Paul Green is one of a number of NRL coaches under the pump

Ashamed of North Queensland's poor form, Kyle Feldt says the Cowboys are determined to ensure Paul Green is promptly taken off the growing list of under fire NRL coaches.

North Queensland CEO Jeff Reibel has done his best to ease fears Green may follow in dumped Warriors coach Stephen Kearney's footsteps, publicly backing the besieged Cowboys mentor ahead of Saturday's home clash with Newcastle.

Green is feeling the heat along with Canterbury's Dean Pay, Brisbane's Anthony Seibold, Cronulla's John Morris and St George Illawarra's Paul McGregor after the Cowboys slumped to a 34-0 halftime deficit before succumbing to a third straight defeat.

"Paul Green's coach. He will be coach," Reibel told reporters.

"Now's the time for commitment, now's the time for working together."

But veteran winger Feldt believed it was up to the players to relieve pressure on Green with a display they can be proud of against the second-placed Knights.

"We all know we are not performing the way we would like. We want to repay him with a good attitude and good game (against Newcastle)," Feldt said.

"I have been a part of this club for a long time and I know I am a bit ashamed of the way we have performed the last couple of weeks.

"It's something I want to help turn around and get us out of this rut."

Fellow Cowboys veteran Justin O'Neill agreed it was time for the players to "take a stand".

"The coaches can give us the information...but in the end it is up to the players on the field," he said.

"It is up to the players to take a stand, put their hands up and say 'I want to make a difference and turn the season around'."

Green was all too aware that the knives were out for underperforming coaches after Kearney's demise but was determined to stay the course at North Queensland.

"I feel for Stephen Kearney. They (Warriors) made their decision for their own reasons but no group has made more sacrifices to get the game back on than them.

"Unfortunately he has paid a pretty heavy price."

Pay will be the next coach under the microscope with the Bulldogs board to meet on Thursday.

The off contract coach will reportedly be given the next four games to earn a new deal with South Sydney's Wayne Bennett linked to not only the Bulldogs but also Dragons and Warriors.

The second last Dogs have just one win after six rounds.

"We have full support for Dean," Bulldogs prop Dylan Napa said.

"He (Pay) has been really solid (but) obviously it (speculation) is tough for him.

"There's pressure on the lot of us. But it's up to the players to perform."