“I’ve said before I’m passionate about the Wests Tigers and I’m focused on ensuring we achieve the success the fans have been patiently waiting for,” Pascoe told the Herald.
“Anyone who treats the club disrespectfully through their behaviour, I have a right to be upset about.”
Much has been made about Reynolds, Mbye and Packer taking up around $2 million in the salary cap, and how offloading at least one of them would give the Tigers some money to play with.
There have been repeated reports the Tigers only have $300,000 to spend next year but Pascoe said “that’s completely wrong”. While he would not confirm the amount, its understood the Tigers have just north of $1m available for 2021.
Mbye, the Queensland Origin representative who was linked to an early move to the Gold Coast, acknowledged all big earners at struggling clubs were forever in the firing line.
“You’ve got to keep winning games because that’s what keeps your club out of the headlines, the negative headlines anyway,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“When you’re a player on the higher end of the pay bracket, the criticism is warranted and I think that’s fair.”
Pascoe could sympathise with the supporters’ unrest and said: “I understand our passionate fans are frustrated we haven’t played finals football for eight years. I get it.
“Yes I’m the CEO, I’m responsible for all things that happen at the club, and when things don’t work out as planned, I’ll cop it on the chin.
“What I do know is it is a lot easier to attract players to this club than it was five years ago, and even three years ago.
“We’ve now created the environment so younger players want to come here. We were losing over $4m annually a few years ago and we have turned the business around to be a sustainable business. We are embarking on the development of $80m for a Centre of Excellence, which will be the most-envied Centre of Excellence along the east coast of Australia.
“We also have some of the best coaching staff you can get including some of the most highly respected high performance staff in rugby league.”
Adam Doueihi, Joey and Luciano Leilua have been handy pick-ups this year, while there is a lot of excitement about Shawn Blore, Tommy Talau, Jake Simpkins and incoming prop Stefano Utoikamanu.
Josh Addo-Carr has been linked to a return to the Tigers, but there is little interest in his $800,000 price tag.
The Tigers need to win to be any chance of ending their eight-year finals hiatus. One bonus is they welcome the return of on-loan Harry Grant while Penrith lose their own dummy-half Api Koroisau to a calf strain.
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Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.