Brian McClennan quits as Warriors coach
James Maloney hit after getting a kick away during the NRL Round 25. AAP Image/Action Photographics/Grant Trouville
After what can best be described as a demoralising debut season as the New Zealand Warriors head coach, Brian McClennan dramatically fell on his sword this morning, with just two games remaining in the season.
McClennan had remained staunch that he wouldn’t resign, in spite of 6 consecutive losses for his underperforming team. But pressure from the board and the owners, as well as a vocal backlash from a once friendly fan base, has no doubt taken its toll.
The New Zealand Herald reports the departing McClennan as saying: “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.
“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.”
No decision has been made yet about McClennan’s sucessor, with assistant coach Tony Iro to steer the ship for the last two matches of the season.
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