You have no evidence of any leadership divide at all. Comments like that are what causes this online feeding frenzy, people throwing out statements as though they are true. I also do not think we have a cultural issue at all, the players are professional, no one is running around getting drunk, taking drugs, running into parked cars, any of that sort of thing.
We have a playing group that for some reason isn’t gelling the way they should, and Heppell’s leadership isn’t to blame for this. From the reports that do come out from the players he is a good leader to both the young and more senior players and none of them have any issues with him at all either on or off the field.
The issues with Heppell’s leadership is all fan driven. They don’t like that he is corporate speak as a person, that he always remains positive and happy. They want a player who is angry like them and berates everyone. That is not who Heppell is as a player or person whether we like it or not. That does not make him a bad leader though as leadership comes in all shapes and styles. And what he is like in person behind closed doors is not something any of us are privileged to see, but from some snippets that occasionally come out, he calls a spade a spade when it is required.
If we had a coach who was a bit more angry after games we might not turn on Hepps as much as we do.