Staff Eric Watson

"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"..

This is all i took from the article because that's all I'm interested in, an NRL premiership, I can't be farked with all the logistics involved just win the dam thing.
 

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"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"..

This is all i took from the article because that's all I'm interested in, an NRL premiership, I can't be farked with all the logistics involved just win the dam thing.


Well unfortunately most premierships don't just happen. They've been trying to win it for 18-odd years and are averaging a GF appearance roughly once every decade. It would appear that the club's facilities and methods were/are somewhat behind our Aussie counterparts, given the resources being poured into new equipment and the new coaching roles. There is a reason that only a few clubs have been successful over the past decade, and will continue to do well. Eric is determined to win one which is great. And from all appearances it seems as though he's willing to put his money where his mouth is, which is also great. Going after Bellamy was certainly the right move given the season we had just had, and the way I read his little blurb on the coaching situation was that Bellamy was the number 1 and ideal candidate - but his reluctance paved the way for the interview process to explore alternate options - at the end of which Elliot proved to be the obvious choice.

I have no doubt that Elliot interviewed extremely well, and possibly even presented some goals that impressed the club to a degree that their 'ideal candidate' criteria changed as the process went on. It would have been fascinating to have been a fly on the wall during that time, especially with all the rumours flying around.
 
Were our facilities bad when we made our grand final appearnaces? I'm not so sure but yeah I get ya drift but unfortunately I can't wait another 18 years I want a premiership now. Good on recruitment for trying to lure Bellamy here but it was never going to happen to be honest, that would be the equivalent of Alex Ferguson leaving Man United to coach Blackburn.

Time for talking is over, if we have the facilities and methods we've been waiting for then I expect success and nothing else, just too much talk and not enough walk from these fullas.
 
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Were our facilities bad when we made our grand final appearnaces? I'm not so sure but yeah I get ya drift but unfortunately I can't wait another 18 years I want a premiership now. Good on recruitment for trying to lure Bellamy here but it was never going to happen to be honest, that would be the equivalent of Alex Ferguson leaving Man United to coach Blackburn.

Time for talking is over, if we have the facilities and methods we've been waiting for then I expect success and nothing else, just too much talk and not enough walk from these fullas.

Every team talks about it. Theres not a team that starts the season that doesnt think they're in with a shot. Reality is though, only 1 team will do it and 15 will fail. Maybe Im too patient, have low goals or Im just too stupid but if it takes anther 20 years I'll still be here. Maybe by then I'll be as cynical as you are...
 
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Were our facilities bad when we made our grand final appearnaces? I'm not so sure but yeah I get ya drift but unfortunately I can't wait another 18 years I want a premiership now. Good on recruitment for trying to lure Bellamy here but it was never going to happen to be honest, that would be the equivalent of Alex Ferguson leaving Man United to coach Blackburn.

Time for talking is over, if we have the facilities and methods we've been waiting for then I expect success and nothing else, just too much talk and not enough walk from these fullas.


Yeah I take your point re the facilities. I didn't mean that our players were running around in 2nd hand boots and lifting buckets of sand instead of weights etc, more that it seems as though the club wasn't as heavily involved in a lot of the modern sports science methods that other clubs are employing. That's not to say new is always better, but when you see and read stuff about Hasler and Bellamy paving the way with new techniques etc and the subsequent success of their sides, it's hard not ask 'why aren't we doing the same thing?' Similarly their were other deeper problems, such as the way the Vulcans and Warriors were being used as separate entities, with the U20's being used as the feeder side. There just seem to be things that our club hasn't done as well as they perhaps could have, especially when you compare it to some of the other organisations running around. Grand final appearances followed by periods of under-achievement probably sum us up as a club quite well. I'm sure there are certain elements where we excel, and obviously there have been brief periods of relative success. But we're not a club that you'd back to backup a good season or period with another. We're not a Storm, Broncos, or Manly (of recent times) that you know will be there or thereabouts each year. It's for this reason that it never surprises me that much that we can have a good run into the finals and maybe make a semi or a GF, and follow it up with a poor season. The club has never been about putting structures in place with goal of long-term consistency and success. This seemed to change under Ivan and was a big part of why Gould pursued him for the Pamfers. As much as I crave instant success, I can stomach periods of mediocrity as long as the club appears to be moving forward overall.
 
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Couldn't find the original Matt Elliot discussion thread. this is what came up with a Matt Elliot thread title search.

Anyways.....I was just thinking about the conversations Elliot must have had with Warriors insiders when he asked for a run down of the talent roster.

" Bill is our number two winger , tries hard , goes from strength to strength ....highly rated "

"Fisiahi is our biggest dissapointment , won't tackle , Lazy.....an abysmal failure when we trialed him at wing "

" Ropo we are desperate to see back in the Squad , club man of the year....you've seen his form for yourself....he's nice we like him "
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If you're Elliot....you wouldn't be human if you didn't Question the opinions of some of your inherited staffers moving forward
 
Couldn't find the original Matt Elliot discussion thread. this is what came up with a Matt Elliot thread title search.

Anyways.....I was just thinking about the conversations Elliot must have had with Warriors insiders when he asked for a run down of the talent roster.

" Bill is our number two winger , tries hard , goes from strength to strength ....highly rated "

"Fisiahi is our biggest dissapointment , won't tackle , Lazy.....an abysmal failure when we trialed him at wing "

" Ropo we are desperate to see back in the Squad , club man of the year....you've seen his form for yourself....he's nice we like him "
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If you're Elliot....you wouldn't be human if you didn't Question the opinions of some of your inherited moving forward
The bagging of fish is beyond rediculous, he played maybe 3 full games and part of a few others. wont tackle???? wtf. hes always tackled, hes just not great positionally. hes never in the vacinity of the ball when it goes in behind, he must defend too close to the defencive line or something
 
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The bagging of fish is beyond rediculous, he played maybe 3 full games and part of a few others. wont tackle???? wtf. hes always tackled, hes just not great positionally. hes never in the vacinity of the ball when it goes in behind, he must defend too close to the defencive line or something
There are similar over reactions to players who dare to play in the same position as other favorites
Godinet has had a couple of part games at half , gets lambasted....that's fkd.......when Johnson is a good tackler...sing it lol.

Hurrell was never going to cut it in the NRL and be able to run over the top of the big boys......

I pity the poor can't that the Warriors find as left Wing cover one of these days.....
 

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Watson becomes Vodafone Warriors’ sole owner

Eric Watson has become the Vodafone Warriors’ sole owner after acquiring Sir Owen Glenn’s 50 per cent shareholding in the club.

Discussions have continued over the last couple of months about the club’s future ownership.

Sir Owen said he would continue to be a strong supporter of the Vodafone Warriors and is hopeful of an improved performance for the 2016 season beginning with the NRL Nines competition in February.

“We are grateful to Sir Owen for his support and involvement in the club during his time as co-owner of the Vodafone Warriors,” said managing director Jim Doyle.

Watson said he is fully focused on the club’s future and is excited about what lies ahead for the franchise next season and in the years to come.

“The signings we have made this year have enhanced our NRL squad helping us to put together a group of players we believe can take the Vodafone Warriors to the heights we expect,” he said.

Terms of the agreement are to remain confidential to the parties.
 
At the start having Glenn onboard was a positive as he would be more willing to stump large amounts of cash over and above what the club needs to keep afloat. But since their issues it would have been harder to get both parties to put in funding especially with one possibly exiting. One sole owner is really the way to go; one guy to make the big funding decisions and one guy for the CEO and board to report to.

I nearly missed this news this morning as it wasn't in the Herald Sports section. Good thing getting older I started browsing the business section to try and look smart.;)