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Time Warriors started afresh<br /> <br /> By Paul Lewis Email Paul<br /> <br /> 5:30 AM Sunday May 26, 2013<br /> <br /> The Warriors have struggled since losing John Hart and Ivan Cleary, with John Ackland set to follow.The Warriors have become the most embarrassing body in New Zealand sport. That&#039;s saying something when you&#039;ve had the Black Caps and New Zealand Cricket to rely on in recent times but the laughing, smiling reaction of some players to the 62-6 hiding by Penrith last week was toe-curling, cringing, fingernails on a blackboard stuff. It provoked a barrage of criticism, much of it aimed at new coach Matt Elliott, who then received the dreaded vote of confidence from club chairman Bill Wavish.<br /> The problem can&#039;t all be laid at Elliott&#039;s door, though there are real questions about his coaching now. The Warriors&#039; malaise goes deeper than that - and higher.<br /> You have to go back to the decision to cut ties with previous coach Ivan Cleary, ironically the coach of Penrith at last week&#039;s embarrassment. The Panthers and Gus Gould came with a big offer, sure, but it&#039;s always been understood that the Warriors could have fought to keep Cleary more than they did. After all, they had enjoyed their best period of success under the Cleary-John Hart-Wayne Scurrah-Tony Iro-John Ackland axis.<br /> Cleary went. So did director of football Hart, disillusioned after the unnecessary loss of the coach.<br /> Iro was next out, unhappy after his claims were ignored. After Cleary came Brian McClennan whose unsuccessful time saw him booted and Elliott hired.<br /> That came after the club had held a staggeringly inappropriate press conference where owners Eric Watson and Owen Glenn talked about the club becoming &quot;the best single sporting franchise in Australasia, taking it to levels never seen before in this part of the world&quot;.<br /> They got the last part right. The Warriors have dropped to a level never seen before. The team looks lost, the coach looks bewildered and frustrated, the club looks increasingly adrift, seemingly unable to s



Time Warriors Started Afresh

Updated May 26, 2013
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Time Warriors started afresh

By Paul Lewis Email Paul

5:30 AM Sunday May 26, 2013

The Warriors have struggled since losing John Hart and Ivan Cleary, with John Ackland set to follow.The Warriors have become the most embarrassing body in New Zealand sport. That's saying something when you've had the Black Caps and New Zealand Cricket to rely on in recent times but the laughing, smiling reaction of some players to the 62-6 hiding by Penrith last week was toe-curling, cringing, fingernails on a blackboard stuff. It provoked a barrage of criticism, much of it aimed at new coach Matt Elliott, who then received the dreaded vote of confidence from club chairman Bill Wavish.
The problem can't all be laid at Elliott's door, though there are real questions about his coaching now. The Warriors' malaise goes deeper than that - and higher.
You have to go back to the decision to cut ties with previous coach Ivan Cleary, ironically the coach of Penrith at last week's embarrassment. The Panthers and Gus Gould came with a big offer, sure, but it's always been understood that the Warriors could have fought to keep Cleary more than they did. After all, they had enjoyed their best period of success under the Cleary-John Hart-Wayne Scurrah-Tony Iro-John Ackland axis.
Cleary went. So did director of football Hart, disillusioned after the unnecessary loss of the coach.
Iro was next out, unhappy after his claims were ignored. After Cleary came Brian McClennan whose unsuccessful time saw him booted and Elliott hired.
That came after the club had held a staggeringly inappropriate press conference where owners Eric Watson and Owen Glenn talked about the club becoming "the best single sporting franchise in Australasia, taking it to levels never seen before in this part of the world".
They got the last part right. The Warriors have dropped to a level never seen before. The team looks lost, the coach looks bewildered and frustrated, the club looks increasingly adrift, seemingly unable to s
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