General McLennan gone by (Tuesday) lunchtime

David James

Warriors Bench Player
May 8, 2012
157
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BRIAN McCLENNAN AND VODAFONE WARRIORS AGREE TO PART WAYS​
The Vodafone Warriors and head coach Brian McClennan have mutually agreed for him to leave the club with assistant coach Tony Iro taking over for the last two matches of the 2012 NRL season.While McClennan was contracted until the end of the 2013 season, Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said both parties had agreed on an early release in the best interests of the club.
He said Iro would take over the coaching role on an interim basis from today to prepare the Vodafone Warriors for their final regular season matches against St George Illawarra on Saturday night (August 25) and Canberra on Sunday, September 2.
McClennan, appointed Vodafone Warriors 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: “We know how disappointed Brian is and we’re equally disappointed for him and for everyone who is associated with the Vodafone Warriors.
“Brian is a person of wonderful character and integrity, 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.”
Scurrah said the club would now put a process in place to consider options for a new head coach.


Thoughts?
 

eamon

1st Grade Fringe
May 24, 2012
420
Wellington
Stuff news item. this morning. McLennan gone. Iro to take over as head coach for last two games
 

Blain

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2012
1,969
Wellington
Beat me to it! Better now than mid way through next season. He just hasn't brought any shape to the side at all, we look both lost in attack and defence.

Will be interesting to see how Iro goes, I'm not sold on Kearny, although I dont think anyone is.
 

David James

Warriors Bench Player
May 8, 2012
157
I reckon it has been a rough year for him to take over with the youth and injuries, but he has not handled it well.

As you say, waiting until the middle of next year to do the same thing wouldn't be ideal at all. Not sure who I am sold on to replace him.

Can't be Iro with Kearney as assistant as they would swap for the Kiwis.

Folkes and Kearney... if only
 

Xt1ncT

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 29, 2012
1,181
North Shore
from the email I just received

The Vodafone Warriors and head coach Brian McClennan have mutually agreed for him to leave the club with assistant coach Tony Iro taking over for the last two matches of the 2012 NRL season.While McClennan was contracted until the end of the 2013 season, Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said both parties had agreed on an early release in the best interests of the club.

He said Iro would take over the coaching role on an interim basis from today to prepare the Vodafone Warriors for their final regular season matches against St George Illawarra on Saturday night (August 25) and Canberra on Sunday, September 2.

McClennan, appointed Vodafone Warriors 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: “We know how disappointed Brian is and we’re equally disappointed for him and for everyone who is associated with the Vodafone Warriors.

“Brian is a person of wonderful character and integrity, 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.”

Scurrah said the club would now put a process in place to consider options for a new head coach.
 

eamon

1st Grade Fringe
May 24, 2012
420
Wellington
Got my fingers crossed for a Bellamy/Kearney combo
I'd take that. They were fairly successful with the storm, and I don't think Kearney has the killer, hardass personality to be a head coach. Same as bluey, he couldn't make the tough calls as far as selections went. You can carry loyalty to the players too far. I think Ivan was a bit guilty of the same thing. Therefore the players got comfortable in their positions. Bellamy would very quickly fix that problem
 

Xt1ncT

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 29, 2012
1,181
North Shore
Got my fingers crossed for a Bellamy/Kearney combo
This - if the owners are serious about creating a long term successful team then they need to throw a truck load of $$ at Bellamy and I'd suggest Smith as well. He's off contract in 2014 I beleive so set up next year to start rebuilding with no real expectations of finals footie etc, with Bellyache to come over the year after.

Any other coach would show to me they're not serious.
 
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lolcaeks

1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
510
Auckland
They need to go all out and get a proven coach top notch Aussie coach, Kiwi coaches are too cuzzy bro with the players

Throw the bank at Bellamy
 
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eamon

1st Grade Fringe
May 24, 2012
420
Wellington
"More of a life coach than a Football coach"

Kearny hardly fills me with excitement and optimism! Hopefully Iro can make an impression.
My son's name is Blain. Very unusual. Sorry..... off topic!!!!
As I said, not mentally tough enough for the job
 

jsmooove

1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
1,358
I am not happy just releaved he won't be at the club next year. I think if he stayed on we would of gone further backwards
 

mrblonde

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 14, 2012
3,286
Auckland
I'd hope Iro gets serious consideration based on how things go in the last two games.

We could get a Warriors reunion - Monie and Endacott, anyone??
 

Ranger

1st Grade Fringe
May 23, 2012
938
Funny, but I feel a bit sorry for him now.

EDIT: Matty John's reckons David Kidwell is the favourite to replace him o_O