McClennan wants to remain in charge of Warriors

Despite a horror first season in charge, Brian McClennan remains committed to the Warriors and hopes to be given the chance to make amends in 2013.

 
 

Brian McClennan

DESPITE a horror first season in charge, Brian McClennan remains committed to the Warriors and hopes to be given the chance to make amends in 2013.

Speculation has emerged in both New Zealand and Australia casting doubt on his future with the NRL club.

Recently dumped Eels coach and Kiwis boss Steve Kearney has been talking with chief executive Wayne Scurrah regarding an assistants role next year.

McClennan denied talk that he would be leaving the club, and reaffirmed his desire to lead the side, who have slid from last season’s grand final to near the bottom of the competition this year.

“No, that’s untrue and, no, I haven’t considered that,” he told APNZ of the suggestion he may not even see out the team’s last three matches.

“We’ve discussed things and there are reviews in place, but that’s something I can’t talk about publicly.”

Scurrah has refused to guarantee McClennan’s future, but McClennan said he wasn’t worried by Kearney’s visit, which had been in the works for some time, and didn’t feel threatened by him.

“He’s coming over this weekend, we planned that a few weeks back. The owners and directors went through a robust review and how we think things could go better in the future.

“This is a part of it – extending the coaching staff. We’re going to have some talks at this stage and hopefully they go well.”

The Warriors, who have lost their last matches, are out of the playoff race and in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

“I drive the bus,” McClennan said.

“I’m responsible for the results at the end of the day. We’ve all got pressure on us – we’ve got members and fans that have expectations of how we should play and we’ve not lived up to those.

“You always do learn a lot more through your defeats and this has certainly been the biggest learning curve I’ve ever had. I’ve learnt some lessons and hopefully we can perform well over the next few weeks and I get a chance to do something about the lessons I’ve learnt over this year.”

The side has been hit by injuries, with some of the championship-winning under-20 side being promoted, McClennan wasn’t looking for excuses.

“There’s been some experience out but I’m not one to go and throw out reasons why. We could’ve done a lot better with the squad we’ve got. These young guys are getting opportunities and they’ve been doing well.”

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