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Kearney new Vodafone Warriors head coach
Richard Becht
Mon 12th September, 09:22PM
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Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle last night confirmed long-serving Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney is returning to the club as its new head coach on a three-year deal.

The appointment headlines a major revamp of the club’s NRL coaching staff which sees current head coach Andrew McFadden remain as one of Kearney’s assistants, Vodafone Warriors legend Stacey Jones promoted to add further depth in a new role and another experienced international coach set to be signed to join the coaching team.

Kearney (44) will finish his assistant coach’s job with the Brisbane Broncos when their 2016 campaign ends to rejoin the club he made 79 appearances for as a foundation player from 1995-1998.

McFadden has had 67 matches in charge since 2014 while Jones will step up from his current role as Intrust Super Premiership coach to provide additional support to the NRL squad in specific specialised areas.

Current assistant coaches Andrew Webster and Justin Morgan are finishing up with the Vodafone Warriors.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to bring Stephen back to Mount Smart Stadium,” he said.

“He was outstanding during his playing career with the club and then with the Melbourne Storm before moving into coaching.

“Stephen has taken the Kiwis to a new level with their successes in the Rugby League World Cup in 2008 and twice in the Four Nations in 2010 and 2014.

“During his coaching career he has also worked alongside two of the best coaches the game has seen in Craig Bellamy at the Storm and Wayne Bennett at the Broncos.

“Our review identified changes needed to be made and, in Stephen, we have a coach who has a reputation for demanding the highest standards.”

Kearney is now helping to prepare the Broncos for their sudden-death NRL playoff against the North Queensland Cowboys this weekend but said he was looking forward to returning to Auckland.

“While I’ve got a job to do here I’m really excited about coming on board at the Vodafone Warriors,” he said from Brisbane last night.

“The club means a lot to me from my time there as a player and this a great opportunity to take the football department in a new direction.

“I’ve been speaking to Cappy about his role and I’m thrilled he’s staying on. He has so much to offer with his knowledge about the club and I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“It’ll also be great to have Stacey involved to a greater degree with the NRL squad so we can really maximise the expertise he provides.”

In nine seasons as Kiwi coach, Kearney has led the national side to unprecedented success. As well as winning the World Cup for the first time in 2008 followed by the Four Nations victories in 2010 and 2014, Kearney guided the Kiwis to a breakthrough Anzac Test win last year to complete a run of three consecutive wins over the Kangaroos.

Apart from assistant coach roles with Melbourne (2006-2010) and Brisbane (2013-2016), he was head coach with Parramatta in 2011-2012. He’s the second former Vodafone Warrior to become head coach following Ivan Cleary (2006-2011).

While Doyle confirmed the coaching changes, Vodafone Warriors owner Eric Watson has endorsed Kearney’s appointment.

“I’m thrilled the Vodafone Warriors have secured a coach of Stephen’s calibre as well as building a coaching team of the type and quality we’ve never seen before,” he said.

“Stephen brings so much experience to the club and has the added advantage of knowing so many of the country’s best players through his long association with the Kiwis.”

Watson also announced a new initiative with the formation of a football advisory board to oversee the club’s football operations.

Among the members are former Rugby World Cup-winning All Black coach Sir Graham Henry, experienced NFL coach Eric Mangini, club great Awen Guttenbeil and director Owen Eastwood.

Watson said the advisory board filled a void which had existed in the club’s board structure for many years.

As well as Watson, Henry, Mangini, Guttenbeil and Eastwood the other members of the new Football Advisory Board are Doyle and board director Les Archer.

Watson said he and Doyle had been discussing the concept of a football advisory board for some time.

“We were well aware that our board has been made up of directors who all bring strong commercial expertise to the table,” he said.

“However, we have been lacking sporting knowledge so we have moved to improve that with the formation of this Football Advisory Board.

“We met recently and will meet monthly covering all football responsibilities.

“The full board will continue to be responsible for the governance and commercial areas of the business.

“As well has having directors on the advisory board, we’re especially thrilled to have the services of Sir Graham, Eric, Awen and Owen. They provide exceptional knowledge and experience from the professional sporting world as we strive to improve our standards throughout the club.

“I’m really excited about what we’re creating for the Vodafone Warriors, giving the senior players better coaching support than they’ve had before.

“The formation of the advisory board together with Stephen’s appointment and the other coaching roles are all part of a comprehensive overhaul of how we do business.”

Sir Graham (70) coached Auckland, the Blues, Wales and the British and Irish Lions before serving as All Black coach from 2004-2011, ending his term with victory in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park. He has since worked as a consultant.

Mangini (45) has been involved in NFL coaching roles since 1995. He was head coach of the New York Jets from 2006-2008 and the Cleveland Browns in 2009-2010. He has also worked with the Baltimore Ravens, the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers (when NRL star Jarryd Hayne was on the roster). He was a guest at the Vodafone Warriors this season when he took in the club’s 26-10 win over St George Illawarra on May 1.

Guttenbeil (40) became Vodafone Warrior No 33 when he made his first-grade debut in 1996. He overcame multiple injury setbacks to make 170 NRL appearances for the club from 1996-2006 before finishing his playing career with Castleford in the English Super League in 2007-2008. He also played 10 Tests for the Kiwis between 2002-2005 and represented Mate Ma’a Tonga at the 1995 and 2008 Rugby League World Cups.

Southland-raised Eastwood also brings a strong sporting background to the board. He is a consultant to teams and organisations on developing high performance team culture. He has been associated with the All Blacks through sponsor adidas, the Chelsea Football Club, the South African cricket team and the military command group of NATO.

He has also been retained by the City Football Group (working with Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City), the Scotland rugby union team, the executive committee of Investec and the Football Association (working with the England national football teams).

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/09/12/kearney_new_vodafone.html

Stephen Kearney to replace Andrew McFadden as New Zealand Warriors coach
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MICHAEL CARAYANNIS, EXCLUSIVE, The Daily Telegraph
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Stephen Kearney has enjoyed a successful stint as coach of the New Zealand national team. Picture: Phil Hillyard

STEPHEN Kearney is expected to replace Andrew McFadden as coach of the Warriors.

McFadden could be axed as early tomorrow following the Warriors’ lacklustre season where they failed to qualify the top eight for the second consecutive years under his watch.

The former Canberra, Parramatta and Melbourne playmaker took over from Matt Elliott midway through 2014, but has had limited success.

The appointment will be a homecoming for Kearney, who played 79 top grade games for the Warriors, in between stints at Western Suburbs and Melbourne.

Since retiring, Kearney has enjoyed a successful stint as coach of the New Zealand national team, after an indifferent two year period as Parramatta head coach. He has been an assistant coach at Brisbane since 2013, and has worked closely with Wayne Bennett for the past two seasons. It is understood Kearney has already told those in Brisbane of his intentions to move to the Warriors.

It is expected Kearney will resign as Kiwis coach to take up the Warriors role. He was to lead the Kiwis at the Four-Nations tournament from next month.

McFadden was under pressure for the bulk of this season, after his team failed to fire despite a host of big name recruits including Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke joining the club. He had another season to run on his contract. The Daily Telegraph has learnt McFadden could remain at the club in a different role.

Meanwhile, the Warriors are close to securing former Parramatta skipper Kieran Foran to a one-year deal.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...h/news-story/4ca2195f3eda3a7e09f718c550cc2dcb
 
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eric

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Already half way through the season and he's made no real changes to a losing team. At what point is he going to try something else? This isn't an 82 game NBA season. You simply can't afford to persist with a losing side when there's only 24 games to be played.

4 more losses and that will be 12 for the year. At 12 wins and 12 losses (plus 2 byes) you would be on 28 points. Can anyone honestly see this team getting 7 more wins out of the last 11 games? God no. The season is hanging by a thread and he continues with the players that got the team to 12th spot on the ladder. If he's expecting more out of them, then he's more deluded than I thought.
 

WarriorBall

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Interesting to hear him say "I'm the one who has to make the hard decisions" in reference to picking his side ... So fuck'n make one is what I'd say to that if I could.

It does raise the question though, I read an interesting post on this thread around how much player power is at the club, with that in mind has he got the stones to drop a senior player, and if so what kind of backlash would it create bearing in mind this isn't the Kiwi's were talking about, these guys play together week in week out.

We're entering territory now where every game we lose where he hasn't made changes just builds more tension and knowing this club with it's mental fragility something is bound to snap.

The same thing happened last year around this time when things got hard and players weaknesses were exposed in a very public way.

I can sense another breaking point coming, whether that takes the shape of player's misbehaving or something else entirely who could say but only wins will prevent the pressure release valve blowing from here.
 

bruce

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Would also question Wiki and Iro effectiveness.
My guess is that JD is continually questioning everybody's effectiveness. They will all have KPI's set in stone.

If I recall Wiki was inherited from the deal they did when they signed him as a player, so I don't know how JD views him. Having said that Wiki was a real RTS type as a player, always did the extras and was a fearsome player to contend with, maybe less when he was playing for the Warriors, but then so was SK. Those two were team mates and my guess is if SK wants him he will stay.

Iro was always a very focused professional, unlike his brother who probably had more natural talent. He knows the Sydney scene backwards, and will have plenty of contacts there. He also speaks his mind and if I recall got dumped from SkyTV for criticising the Warriors management years back, I think during the Mick Watson era.

He was JD's appointment after Bell got the sack.
I read an interesting post on this thread around how much player power is at the club, with that in mind has he got the stones to drop a senior player, and if so what kind of backlash would it create bearing in mind this isn't the Kiwi's were talking about, these guys play together week in week out.
I don't think SK gives a flying feck about upsetting anybody in the squad. However JD has said many times we don't have the number of "professional" players we need at the club. That really reduces SK's chances of dropping people, if the replacement bombs out not from lack of trying but from inexperience at the top level he still has an under performing player, and maybe with less confidence than before.

Don't worry, Hoffman and Thompson are gone, and they know it. They should be playing for a contract somewhere else but they don't seem to be.
 

WarriorBall

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My guess is that JD is continually questioning everybody's effectiveness. They will all have KPI's set in stone.

If I recall Wiki was inherited from the deal they did when they signed him as a player, so I don't know how JD views him. Having said that Wiki was a real RTS type as a player, always did the extras and was a fearsome player to contend with, maybe less when he was playing for the Warriors, but then so was SK. Those two were team mates and my guess is if SK wants him he will stay.

Iro was always a very focused professional, unlike his brother who probably had more natural talent. He knows the Sydney scene backwards, and will have plenty of contacts there. He also speaks his mind and if I recall got dumped from SkyTV for criticising the Warriors management years back, I think during the Mick Watson era.

He was JD's appointment after Bell got the sack.

I don't think SK gives a flying feck about upsetting anybody in the squad. However JD has said many times we don't have the number of "professional" players we need at the club. That really reduces SK's chances of dropping people, if the replacement bombs out not from lack of trying but from inexperience at the top level he still has an under performing player, and maybe with less confidence than before.

Don't worry, Hoffman and Thompson are gone, and they know it. They should be playing for a contract somewhere else but they don't seem to be.

I think your both right and wrong, on the one hand I've heard Kearney say a number of times recently that he's concerned about the dropping players and the effect that'll have on the side and we're not talking about Gubb's & Vete here, we're talking senior guys.

Your right about who the coaches believe they can bring in, Stacey was on Radiosport after the loss to the Eels saying they felt they didn't have many options to bring into the side which is hard for anyone to hear.
 
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Mr Frank White

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The problem for us is that we don't have the quality of depth required to replace the guys that are under performing. We never have.

That's why I've been throwing up names like Tagataese and Grant as suggestions on the recruitment thread. Other clubs have a good mix of experienced campaigners and talented youth fighting it out in their reserve teams. The young guys keep the experienced guys on their toes and the old heads teach the young guys about playing against men.

imo depth is still our major issue and something kearney will have to learn to address if we're gonna be a consistently competitive team.
Not like we are winning anyway, so what could it hurt?
Rather seem then lose with pride, than the current tripe..
 
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