Warriors Owners Unhappy With McClennan Era

Brian McClennan/wikipedia

By STEVE MASCORD

WARRIORS owners Eric Watson and Owen Glenn are unhappy with the club’s season and chief executive Wayne Scurrah has stopped short of guaranteeing coach Brian McClennan will survive the summer

“We’re just concentrating on the last three games and when that’s over, we’ll do a review,” Scurrah told Rugby League Week when asked if he could guarantee the former Kiwis and Leeds coach’s position.

McClennan took the unusual step on Saturday night after a 52-12 loss to North Queensland at Dairy Farmers Stadium of saying he was bracing for personal reprisals after the Auckland franchise failed to make the play-offs a year after contesting the grand final.

‘We’re all unhappy with the season, no-one moreso than Brian,” Scurrah tells Rugby League Week.

“It’s not what we set out to do.

“The last couple of results, in particular, have been concerning.

“We haven’t had a conversation about Brian stepping down and he hasn’t mentioned that to us. We’re already knee-deep in planning for next year.

“Players’ inexperience has been a factor but the last two losses have been resounding and it’s been demoralising for the players, the coaching staff and right through to the executive.”

Asked if Watson and Glenn had expressed any thoughts on the situation, Scurrah replied: “Their very clear thought is that they’re unhappy.

“The performance of the last four to five weeks, in particular, has been poor.”

Asked if he was personally feeling pressure, McClennan on Saturday night said: “I’m the bloke steering the ship, steering the bus

“The pressure comes on me. I accept that.”

Asked what form he expected that pressure to take, McClennan answered: “I’m not sure as yet. That will unfold I guess.

“All I can say is I’m doing the best I can do, I’m doing what I know and what’s worked for us in the past.

“I’m big enough and ugly enough to cop it.”

Scurrah responded: “That’s his character. He’s beating himself up, wondering what he could have done differently.

“We keep getting injuries but we recruited around that, to cover for that.”

Scurrah said that despite the poor campaign, the Warriors had experienced strong growth in attendances and membership this year.

“We’ve got two home games to go – while we don’t expect bumper crowds, we usually get a good roll-up for the final game to farewell departing players,” he said.

McClennan and the Warriors “parted company” on August 21.

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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