Yeah, coaching some guinea pigs. "a Guinea pig goes international".
Ronnie is someone who is always trying his hardest and his absolute best on the table, no matter how difficult the situation might be. And usually it is. It is hard to beat his best efforts. But even then he wins a match, perhaps a few, and then crashes out. The standards are almost sky-high. When it comes down to the last 16 or 8 players. So I don´t quite know if he has any credibility to coach other players.. But Ronnie has the style, and the right type of completion spirit. When people are watching his snooker they immediately sees that now there´s a real efforts, beat that straight as a dead long potting where the cue ball cannons like no-other can do, for example.
It is like I have a few good years left here as poster, Ronnie has perhaps a few good years left as a player. Then that´s it. Of course if he want´s to he could be an another Jimmy White. Absolutely nothing wrong with that either, but can´t just see Ronnie really wanting that. It has come down to fact that everyone knows how well Jimmy still can play but are just making calculations considering his recent form and making the calculations. Yes, he could have a deep run. But that´s only could. The possibility of that might be something like 2/100. All know he still can be one of the absolute best, but it is just easy to make calculations how likely it is that he finds it again. Currently Ronnie is not the most likely to win the tournament but he is right up there to challenge. It is not desperate but still quite unlikely. He is not the best player on the tour anymore. I usually classifie "the A group", "the B group", "the C group", and "the rest". Ronnie has the group B status.
I have a few good years left as a poster here, and then that´s it. Then I am too old to be here. The original idea was to have a few pints and making some er efforts.. Some realistic efforts. But I am currently fastly running out of time to make those realistic efforts.