General AUTEX Ownership - The New Chapter

How do you feel about our new owners?

  • Excellent

    Votes: 24 17.3%
  • Good

    Votes: 50 36.0%
  • On the fence

    Votes: 52 37.4%
  • Bad

    Votes: 9 6.5%
  • Tar and feather them!

    Votes: 4 2.9%

  • Total voters
    139

Sup42

Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
23,979
Didn’t like the line on the meeting with Shaun Johnson. “What can you bring to my team”. Although true, just feels arrogant to me.
Yeah I saw that too.

Basically he is a knob. Doesn't get it. Players do not play for your team mate.

They play for each other and themselves and their families. You gotta get that right from the outset....and when you have a good coach...they play for the coach...who tells them don't do this for me...do this for you....
 

Ever Hopeful

1st Grade Fringe
Contributor
Feb 24, 2013
3,036
Not great quotes, and for once more than just a sound byte. He may have the same perception as us when he reads them back. I'll judge him over an extended period rather than a one-off interview, but yeah pretty cringey.

Still, it is good to have an owner that invests and looks to move the club forward. I'd take that over what felt like purposeful stagnation in the later Watson years. The guy is stumping up cash in a pretty difficult period.
 
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Noitall

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 21, 2019
2,862
That line let's us know his actual motivation of owning the team huh? Gross...
Will be interesting to see if calling the players out publicly demanding success will be a successful tactic. He sees this era as a successful period, here’s hoping. Wonder what Nathan Brown thinks about the comments, being a mate of Peter O Sullivan.
 

Rick O'Shay

Warriors 1st Grader
May 1, 2013
4,973
New Plymouth
Geez. A lot of thin skinned people on this forum.

He's right about POS, the guy is a bag of shit. Walked without any indication and obviously couldn't give a fuck about our future. Forget the bullshit about chance of a lifetime. If he had any scruples he would have stayed.

Isn't it "his" team? He's passionate about it and had the wherewithal to make it happen. Never forget the position we were in when he stumped up the buck folding.

He's in the right competition for arrogance and ego. It's endemic in the NRL and not necessarily restricted to management.

As for the Shaun Johnson quote, playing golf with the guy (prior to joining I might add) and the comments obviously didn't affect Shaun Johnson otherwise he would have said see you later. It's a nothing, I've used the same question many times while recruiting.

I love him to bits. He's different, weird, has a funny haircut and shoots his mouth off . Not unlike the forum I guess.

If he's that bad and anyone feels like Jacqui Dean, maybe you start supporting the Dolphins.
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
10,193
Auckland
Quite appropriate with the events this week sounds like he's doing a Collins and burning bridges.

I admire his passion for the club and wanting it to succeed. He's talked a lot about culture especially what he has built within his own company. I wouldn't be surprised if the key staff he deals with there feel looked after and are loyal. Just an assumption on my part in case an ex employee responds with a list of gripes.

I get the impression he was expecting staff to be here long term. Especially with POS talking about working with the NZ talent all be it impossible the last few years and also wanting to build the squad for the clubs first premiership.

Me personally it would probably be better to mention we wish him all the best and throw things out that there about a shame he didn't complete the job. That way there is always a chance to bring him back. POS is probably thick skinned but might think bugger working under him.

Having an owner whose outspoken will have its good and bad points. We just need to hope he doesn't put his foot in his mouth too often.
 

the borg

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 8, 2015
706
Getting mixed messages here..

In the POS interview, it sounded like the dolphins came knocking on his door with an offer he couldn't refuse.
Yet the Mohawk interview gives the impression that he initiated the POS departure on the "didn't fit in" basis.
Makes you wonder what really happened, cause looks like one of them is publicly telling Porkies.
And IMO thats bad culture right there.. and not good look for the club.

Maybe that's the ruthlessness of being a successful businessman I suppose..
 

gREVUS

Long live the Rainbows and Butterflies
Contributor
May 8, 2012
8,763
That line let's us know his actual motivation of owning the team huh? Gross...
whats wrong with that line. He actually does own the team. Its not a bullshit statement like most of us make. Given the way things ended with Shaun Johnson they defn needed to have a conversation. Given the tone of his statement after saying he never thought Shaun Johnson would come back there must have been a lot of talk first. Probably put in place by POS

(Btw, everytime i see POS i think Piece of Shit. Just had to share that).
 

Ever Hopeful

1st Grade Fringe
Contributor
Feb 24, 2013
3,036
Getting mixed messages here..

In the POS interview, it sounded like the dolphins came knocking on his door with an offer he couldn't refuse.
Yet the Mohawk interview gives the impression that he initiated the POS departure on the "didn't fit in" basis.
Makes you wonder what really happened, cause looks like one of them is publicly telling Porkies.
And IMO thats bad culture right there.. and not good look for the club.

Maybe that's the ruthlessness of being a successful businessman I suppose..

The warriors hadn't offered him a contract beyond next year if I remember right.
 

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