Speculation begins in Bluey's absence
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 6:40p.m.
By Sam Ackerman
He described the Warriors coaching role as his dream job just over a year ago. Now Brian “Bluey” McClennan's tenure has finished up anything but.
The search is on for the third Warriors coach in as many NRL seasons, after the club's shocking finish to 2012 cost Bluey his position.
McClennan wasn't looking for a scapegoat as his career reached its lowest point.
“I sit up the front; I lead it,” he says. “It comes down to me. That's the way it is.”
Yesterday he was told what he could feel coming – the six-game losing streak not good enough for the Warriors’ owners and its board.
“The results over the past two or three weeks especially made the outcome today inevitable,” says Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah.
“I can understand where they're coming from,” says Bluey. “The results haven't been good enough, and that guts me because I’m not used to this.”
After last year's grand final McClennan couldn't conquer what he calls the burden of expectation – eight wins in 22 games not helped by a string of injuries and an inability to win the close ones.
“Had we had a couple more senior players play in some of those games, we would have held on and won. I think five of those games we lost by two points or one point.”
Assistant coach Tony Iro takes over for the final fortnight of the season and is putting his hand up to take the job full-time.
“It's a sad way to get an opportunity, but at the end of the day my job now is to get a couple of wins on the board,” says Iro.
So begins the wild speculation. The Warriors hope to choose the next coach before pre-season training starts in November.
“The club has the money to hire a coach that can win a competition,” says Scurrah.
The automatic link is Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney, who was in town for talks about working with McClennan.
“He hasn't put his hand up and said he wanted to apply for the role,” says the Warriors chief executive. “None of that was the reason he came over this weekend.”
Kearney says he doesn’t want to comment about the head coach position, but yesterday told 3 News he was open to a potential assisting role.
“There is an interest in coming across and helping the club out, but again there's a lot of thinks to consider,” he says.
Also mentioned former Warriors coach Daniel Anderson. He told 3 News he didn't want to speculate, but that coaching appointments move in mysterious ways.
Other names being lobbed up include former Kiwi David Kidwell and perhaps ambitiously his boss at the Storm Craig Bellamy, but he's on contract for next season.
The usually upbeat Bluey leaves with no regrets but admits he made mistakes.
“I'm a good person,” he says. “I've tried my best. It didn't work out. I've been there and had success before and I was gracious enough to cop that, so I've got to handle this bit too. It's a fine line between winning and losing.”
It’s a line the next coach will want to be on the right side of.
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23/08/2012 10:30:09 a.m.
lois tyler wrote:
i think they should go back to school and learn right from wrong.Been following them from day one .cheers Lois Tyler
22/08/2012 2:04:11 a.m.
Last season, the Warriors released a host of experienced players such as Lance Hohaia, Aaron Heremaia, Brett Seymour, Joel Moon, Shaun Berrigan and Jeremy Latimore, while hooker Nathan Friend was the only player with NRL experience recruited. Dean Bell you clearly don't have a clue! You should be in the barrel too! Some others should also be in the firing line as well since they are in that mood... How bout getting rid of some of the over paid, over hyped pre-madonnas that take the field with feeble tackling attempts and defensive reads along with lacklustre running week in week out??? I could name at least 5 in this group but won't! Why they are at it have a long hard look at the defence coach cause there was none and the fitness coaches cause this team was seriously not up to scratch hence they couldnt play 80 minutes... We need a no nonsense Aussie coach and training staff that are not all "mates" with the players.. Bellamy and a hand picked team to assist picked by him would be ideal, open your wallets Glenn & Watson.. A kiwi coach will never do well at this club with its culture we need a hard nosed Aussie that will drop these players that only turn up once every 3 weeks... The trouble is half the team have a dig and the other are there just to pick up another pay packet.. Also the sooner they realise the Toyota Cup is not the pathway to NRL the better.. Toyota Cup is light years away from the NRL in every aspect of the game.. Its kids playing kids. If they show promise give them a year or two in the Vulcans "men playing men" then give them a shot at the big time...Sort it out Warriors or loose you massive fan base slowly but surely...
21/08/2012 7:27:34 p.m.
Poor timing and humiliating for Bluey. Scurrah or scurrilous? The players are a disgraceful rabble and let their coach down. Sack a few of them and the rest will take notice. Sack Scurrah and a deputy for their handling of the coaches dismissal 2 games left. Kearney is not the answer either...epic fail at Eels. Tony Iro and say John Ackland or Mike McClennan or the current Mt Albert coach would be better.
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