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Eric Watson: New coach Elliott is no lame duck<br /> <br /> - By Eric Watson<br /> <br /> I&#039;ve copped a bit of flak since I&#039;ve been back, usually along the lines of, &quot;Any more big bold predictions, Eric?&quot;<br /> It seems some people found our media conference last July, where we outlined an ambitious new vision for the Vodafone NZ Warriors, quite controversial. Especially when we went on to drop eight straight games in a row.<br /> <br /> Put your head above water in this country and it&#039;s inevitable someone will be looking to push it back down in the hope you&#039;ll drown in a sea of humiliation.<br /> <br /> In some ways that&#039;s not such a bad thing because it does keep one focused, not only on the consequences of winning but also of losing.<br /> <br /> I stand by what was said last year. A line has been drawn in the sand and the national dream of the Warriors winning the NRL premiership is something we are utterly committed to making a reality. Owning the Vodafone Warriors isn&#039;t business in the purest sense for me. The compelling reason is quite simply the desire to win the NRL premiership someday - it can&#039;t come too soon - and bring it to New Zealand, to take it away from the Australians.<br /> <br /> Nothing would please me more.<br /> <br /> The NRL is one of the world&#039;s toughest and most exciting competitions; it is comfortably the most exciting and even sporting competition throughout Australasia.<br /> <br /> The Warriors are the biggest sporting franchise in this country and are a critical part of the competition, but that must never be enough.<br /> <br /> The announcements last year were important in terms of a strategic mentality. We needed to show we&#039;d mapped out where we saw ourselves heading - and it wasn&#039;t about maintaining what had become the norm.<br /> <br /> A case can be made supporting the view the Warriors haven&#039;t done too badly, in fact a lot better than most clubs in the NRL. We&#039;ve been to the grand final twice in the last 10 years - only Melbourne, Manly and the Roosters can better that - and we&#039;ve reached the finals more than most, too.<br /> <br /> It&#039;s still not good



Eric Watson Article On Matt Elliot

Updated Feb 25, 2013
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Eric Watson: New coach Elliott is no lame duck

- By Eric Watson

I've copped a bit of flak since I've been back, usually along the lines of, "Any more big bold predictions, Eric?"
It seems some people found our media conference last July, where we outlined an ambitious new vision for the Vodafone NZ Warriors, quite controversial. Especially when we went on to drop eight straight games in a row.

Put your head above water in this country and it's inevitable someone will be looking to push it back down in the hope you'll drown in a sea of humiliation.

In some ways that's not such a bad thing because it does keep one focused, not only on the consequences of winning but also of losing.

I stand by what was said last year. A line has been drawn in the sand and the national dream of the Warriors winning the NRL premiership is something we are utterly committed to making a reality. Owning the Vodafone Warriors isn't business in the purest sense for me. The compelling reason is quite simply the desire to win the NRL premiership someday - it can't come too soon - and bring it to New Zealand, to take it away from the Australians.

Nothing would please me more.

The NRL is one of the world's toughest and most exciting competitions; it is comfortably the most exciting and even sporting competition throughout Australasia.

The Warriors are the biggest sporting franchise in this country and are a critical part of the competition, but that must never be enough.

The announcements last year were important in terms of a strategic mentality. We needed to show we'd mapped out where we saw ourselves heading - and it wasn't about maintaining what had become the norm.

A case can be made supporting the view the Warriors haven't done too badly, in fact a lot better than most clubs in the NRL. We've been to the grand final twice in the last 10 years - only Melbourne, Manly and the Roosters can better that - and we've reached the finals more than most, too.

It's still not good
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