Warriors, McClennan part ways
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 9:37a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Warriors and head coach Brian ‘Bluey’ McClennan have mutually agreed to part ways – effective immediately.
Assistant coach Tony Iro will take over for the remaining two matches of the 2012 NRL season.
McClennan had been contracted until the end of the 2013 season, however after a disappointing season, it has been agreed an early release was in the best interests of the club.
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said Iro will take over the role on an interim basis to prepare the team for their final regular season matches against the Dragons on Saturday night and Raiders next Sunday, September 2.
McClennan, appointed head coach last August, was ‘very disappointed’ his tenure hadn’t produced the results he expected.
“It was exciting coming into this job with the Vodafone Warriors and everyone has worked so hard to try to get the performances and results we all expected of ourselves,” he said.
“No one is more disappointed than me that things haven’t worked out. I gave it my best shot. I’ve put my heart and soul into this and everyone has been terrific with their efforts.
“I’ve always said I was driving the bus and I accept accountability. It stops with me.
“For whatever reason, we haven’t made the progress we all hoped for.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity the Vodafone Warriors gave me and wish the club all the best for the future.”
Scurrah said the team is equally disappointed in the loss of a “wonderful character”.
“He’s so passionate about rugby league and he’s put in an exceptional amount of time and effort into trying to turn the team’s fortunes around.
“He brought a lot of energy to the club and made a fantastic contribution off the field with his interaction with sponsors, members and in the community.
“We wish Brian and his family all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts.”
Scurrah said the club now had the opportunity to rebuild.
“Confidence is understandably low at a time like this following the results on the field from our NRL side,” he said.
“However, the club is in strong shape in all other areas. The Vodafone Junior Warriors are again performing well in the NYC while we’ve had a season of significant growth in terms of our crowd numbers, sponsorship revenue and membership numbers. We’ve also strengthened and developed our work in the community.
“Our resolve now is to rebuild, as we had to after a poor season in 2009. We’re confident we can recover quickly.”
The Warriors will now put a process in place to consider options for a new head coach.
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22/08/2012 9:51:28 a.m.
This is unbelieveable! Everytime the Warriors are down its the Coach that takes all the crap! Wake Up you guys! Have the Power to Be ever looked at the players! Duh! Great example Manu Vatuvai!!! He has played crap all year round and YOU all know that but what happens to him he gets a freking pay rise a pat on the back and gets the captaincy role carry on bro she be right. At the moment hes laughing at everyone!!! What da heck! Jerome Ropati is only good for 3 games of the year nek minit injury and hes off with pay!!! Yes I am targeting these guys not to tarnish them but maybe if they see the reality of it Im hoping to hell they pick themselves up 150% and give it there all from here on in! Come on guys you went from Heroes last year to Zeros! Whats happening in there. Sort your crap out and put your body on the line for all New Zealanders! Bluey has been hard done BIG TIME! I remember Ivan went through a rough patch where if anything he should of got the sack but no you gave im a chance BUT you didnt want to give Bluey a chance. All of you power to be need to look at yourselves as well and through it all in. Nah you wont aye its the money you are getting paid! If Bluey had to go look at your defence Coach Rueben Wiki you should just go coz you havent done anything either!! All the Best to whereever you go to Bluey how embarassing it will be if you took another team and it went to the Grand Final next year! Good Luck Bluey and Good Luck to the Warriors just hope you dont get the Wooden Spoon!
21/08/2012 5:57:34 p.m.
well all i can say is good on you coach you tried your best. at the end of the day its the nrl the pinnicle of rugby league.thats why we wacth nrl the best league in the world, and the guys taking the feild got to perform at the top. mad love to the warriors
21/08/2012 11:54:53 a.m.
Well that took long enough didn't it. Not much use now!!!!!
21/08/2012 11:14:32 a.m.
The two crucial losses where directly related to the inept player rotation dictated by the Coach, And who ever said that Christian Inu was not good enough.
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