Staff Jim Doyle

Too good for the Warriors ultimately.

The brand is cursed.

The Franchise is hexed.

The owners are fools.

The culture will rapidly return to rot.

If they had gotten rid of the CEO too... I'd probably be feeling close to your sentiment.

For now I'm holding off.

This season just became even more critical than it already was... if the wheels fall off now, we're completely fucked. This form that was started the season with must continue, if it doesn't, we might go into a hole that we won't come out of.
 
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For some reason people will only ever remember him and drag him over the coals for his failed Kieran Foran experiment. While it was most definitely a black mark on his time here it pales in comparison to what he achieved. While his recruitment of Foran was a disaster his getting Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke to put pen to paper is paying off this year. The same people who give him grief for signing Foran do not give him credit for the others.

Another recruitment decision he was lauded for was bringing in Stephen Kearney. I must admit to having done a complete 180 on my doubts of Mooks now.

Lets not forget it was Doyle who brought Cameron George into the fold and also Doyle who pushed Dean Bell out.

Doyle also his locked in Mt Smart Stadium long-term when the RFA's Robert Domm had all but dropped the axe on the Warriors home ground. Not only did he get them to reverse their decision but he secured the ground long term until 2028. Also got the huge screen installed which anyone who has attended a game will tell you its a great addition to the game day experience.

Despite the club being a failure on field he's done well to get bums on seats and make the club even more financially stable than his predecessor had. Eric Watson spoke of Doyle "driving the financial benefits to the club of the NRL's new club funding model." I would doubt there is a single person involved in any of the other 15 clubs who would have a greater understanding of the NRL's funding model than Doyle.

I've made no secret of my personal mancrush on Doyle. What he did for the NZRL back when the game was only days away from put into involuntary liquidation is something all Kiwis and league lovers of this country should be indebted to. I share others sentiments that I pray he remains in the game in some capacity.

I wanna thank Jim for all he has done for our beloved club and wish him all the best for the future.

ALL HAIL GODOYLE!!!

Shit I had forgotten how much he had actually done for this organisation! Well written Mt Wellington and a great reminder.

The last week and a half have really brought things back down to reality...
 

Kestrel84

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League: Outgoing Warriors chairman Jim Doyle on the key moments in his time at the club
6 May, 2018 5:00am
By: Michael Burgess
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Outgoing Warriors chairman Jim Doyle. Photo / Photosport

Outgoing Warriors chairman Jim Doyle told Michael Burgess about the 13 key moments during his tenure at the club.

1. Grabbing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Photo / Photosport

On April 8, 2015, the Warriors signed Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, one of the NRL's hottest properties.

"We needed someone to build the club around. Roger was the No 1 target, even though we had Sam Tomkins at the time. I said to Roger, 'you've won a premiership with the Roosters, but if you win one with the Warriors, in 30 years, people will still be talking about the team that brought the trophy here for the first time'. I emphasised his chance for a legacy ... 'decades from now, people will know your name'. I knew that would be the right button to press."

2. Changing the culture
The lack of a winning culture at the Warriors had long been the talk of the NRL, and Doyle and coach Andrew McFadden set out to change that.


"We had two groups. There was a small group of professional players who trained, hydrated and slept properly so they could perform. But we had another probably bigger group of unprofessional players. Not all wanted to be unprofessional, they just didn't know how to be professional. And many of them were followers, but they were following the wrong people. So when the young ones were coming up, they would join the wrong group. So we knew we had to get some of them out and bring more who belonged to the first group."

3. Moving for Mooks

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Stephen Kearney. Photo / Photosport

In something of a homecoming, Stephen Kearney was announced as Warriors coach on September 12, 2016.

"I've got a huge amount of respect for Stephen, as a person and coach. He failed at Parramatta because he chose the wrong club, at the wrong time. It was in turmoil. He felt he could make a difference but it was too much for him. We took a risk on him — and we got bagged for it. I always felt Stephen was the ideal coach for the Warriors, and because I knew him personally, it gave me the ability to have conversations with him off the record. I didn't want the speculation, I didn't want to do that to Cappy [McFadden] and was always quite open with him."

4. Keeping Cappy
On Kearney's arrival, the Warriors took the unusual step of retaining former coach McFadden.

"Cappy is a great coach and he'd started something but we needed a new voice, some fresh ideas and new thinking. When I first asked Stephen about keeping Cappy on, he was like, 'No, you can't do that'. We discussed it more and then Andrew and I flew to Brisbane, so everyone could talk. Losing what Cappy had started would have been detrimental to the club, especially the way he'd driven the concept of being a 24-hour athlete. It was a bit awkward for both of them at first but Cappy has added a lot of value."

5. Staying at Mt Smart

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Mt. Smart Stadium. Photo / Photosport

In 2016, Regional Facilities Auckland were hell-bent on moving the Warriors from Mt Smart and had seemingly persuaded Auckland Council it was the right move.

"This was a fundamental one, absolutely huge. We were due to be kicked out by 2018 and would be playing at Eden Park or North Harbour, which would have been a disaster for the club. We worked hard, talking to all the councillors and mayor. We also tried to improve the relationship with RFA. In the end, we secured a new 10-year deal."

6. The gang of six
Half a dozen Warriors players admitted mixing prescription drugs with energy drinks during a late night out after being hammered 42-0 by the Storm in last year's Anzac Day clash.

"I'd heard some things before I came here, and Andrew [McFadden] and I took the chance to draw a line in the sand. It was an opportunity to sort things out and clean the place up. We stood them down from the next game, and made them unavailable for the Kiwis. It was a tough call but we didn't want the young ones being led astray. From there on, the options were clear."

7. Signing Tohu Harris

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Tohu Harris. Photo / Photosport

The Warriors secured Kiwis back rower Tohu Harris last year, despite the Storm being keen to retain him.


"He was a huge piece of the puzzle and we knew Melbourne wanted to keep him. But there are always other factors. His wife had just had a baby and all the family is here. Stephen has a strong relationship with Tohu Harris and we convinced him of the chance to leave a legacy and bring success to this club."

8. Counting on Corvo
Strength and fitness guru Alex Corvo has been credited with the Warriors' impressive conditioning gains in 2018.

"
Stephen came to me last April and said we really need to take a step up in terms of fitness, mental toughness and mental strength. Alex had been pushed a bit to the side at the Broncos and it gave us an opportunity. We brought Alex over a few times, trying to convince him, to see what we were trying to do. He had massive respect for Stephen and wanted to help him out."

9. Retaining Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Last March, Tuivasa-Sheck signed a new deal, despite speculation linking him to rugby and another NRL club after the dismal 2017 season. It came almost 12 months to the day that he had been unveiled as the surprise choice as Warriors captain.

"Making Roger captain last year wasn't about the now, it was about the future, the next five or 10 years. When his contract was up, I didn't believe he would leave. But if you make him captain . . . there was no way he was leaving. And for him to sign another four-year deal — that was critical. If he'd left, it would've been a big blow. It would've shown a lack of confidence in the club and probably would've impacted commercially, too."

10. Hiring Cameron George

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Cameron George, Warriors CEO, and Cameron McGregor (right), from Carlaw Heritage Trust. Photo / Photosport

"We brought in Cameron as part of the succession plan for me to step out. I spent time with him when he was at Ellerslie, then brought him in as chief operating officer. That was part of my initial discussion with Eric [Watson]. I'd be CEO for a couple of years, then move to chairman. Cameron has been a great appointment."

11. The Foran affair

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Kieran Foran. Photo / Photosport

Kieran Foran arrived at the club amid an avalanche of publicity but struggled with injury and off-field issues, and left after one season.


"Hindsight's a wonderful thing. We felt we could get him right and he would help us. It didn't quite work out because of the various issues but you couldn't miss the opportunity. We didn't realise how much we'd have to do. We knew there'd be some dramas but not as much as there was. We thought we'd get a lot more positives than negatives."

12. Tough times in 2015
An injury to Shaun Johnson was the catalyst for an eight-game losing streak to end 2015.

"It highlighted the fact we needed to completely change our roster and do things differently. It showed what we were missing. We thought we had depth but even our young guys were victims of the system and not learning from true professionals."

13. Breaking down silos
On Doyle's arrival at Mt Smart, he made immediate changes to the office space.

"I took the large frosting off my office wall on my second day there, to make the place more transparent. I wanted to create a more open environment. It you're having a meeting, it shouldn't be in secret. If you need to have a confidential meeting, you have the boardroom to do that. The rest of the office was a corridor, with a whole lot of separate offices, like rabbit warrens. Over Christmas, we had all the walls knocked down."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=12045906

Doyle reflecting on the past few years. Really interesting to see the comments regarding the cliques of unprofessionals/professionals, and essentially since Cappy was coach they've been actively trying to change and recruit this new culture. Really does make it seem like this year is the culmination of a lot of things finally coming together.
 
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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=12045906

Doyle reflecting on the past few years. Really interesting to see the comments regarding the cliques of unprofessionals/professionals, and essentially since Cappy was coach they've been actively trying to change and recruit this new culture. Really does make it seem like this year is the culmination of a lot of things finally coming together.

Several things that had previously been rumours confirmed there. Am I reading too much into it (I think I am) to think he is inferring that Foran was a more demanding personality to work with than he had thought too.

The respect that Kearney garners from the people he meets is evident throughout.
 
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Several things that had previously been rumours confirmed there. Am I reading too much into it (I think I am) to think he is inferring that Foran was a more demanding personality to work with than he had thought too.

The respect that Kearney garners from the people he meets is evident throughout.

I'm not sure if it was Foran's personality that was the issue, but it certainly sounds like Doyle is admitting that Foran's problem were too big and that they did not get as many positives out of the deal as they thought. So he's essentially said it was a mistake.
 
Jimeh gets a front row seat at my GF pregame party.

What a superman for rugby league.

I'le never forget when Sparc investigated the NZRL and the lot of them were exposed (finally).

Leagues funding was gone unless they met Sparcs demands..the League is dying, monies have been pissed away.

Jim steps up and surprises everyone that someone as good as that would take on the worst outfit in Australasia.

In a few short years they are the success story of sport and their playing side is heading to number one.

The NRL want Jim to run it.

We will never see his like again.

The greatest man in New Zealand rugby league.

FREEDOMMMMMM JIMMY !!!
 

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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=12045906

Doyle reflecting on the past few years. Really interesting to see the comments regarding the cliques of unprofessionals/professionals, and essentially since Cappy was coach they've been actively trying to change and recruit this new culture. Really does make it seem like this year is the culmination of a lot of things finally coming together.
Going slightly off topic here but this is the problem with the general public when you just look at on field results and not the reasons behind them. I actually think Cappy is a very good coach, and I hope he gets another crack at coaching an NRL team, but he was fighting a losing battle with the muppets he had to deal with. Great that Jimmy and Cappy started dealing with it and SK has continued on. The club is starting to reap the benefits.
 
Going slightly off topic here but this is the problem with the general public when you just look at on field results and not the reasons behind them. I actually think Cappy is a very good coach, and I hope he gets another crack at coaching an NRL team, but he was fighting a losing battle with the muppets he had to deal with. Great that Jimmy and Cappy started dealing with it and SK has continued on. The club is starting to reap the benefits.
Yeah Cappys departure worries me.

He was with Elliot when we started running the regulation structures.

Everyone was moaning about the Warriors being too structured.

Now everyone can't wait till we run that right edge block play move that has made David Fusitua the leading try scorer in the competition.

Cappy's our attacking coach assisted by Stacey and there is no mistaking the footprints of those two men...Stacey the second phase and the wrap around....Cappy the Block plays and cut out balls direct to the left winger.

Lastly Cappy was extremely patient with Shaun Johnson's second row hole runners...Bukuya and Thompson...it took years to get Johnson to pair up with his forwards smoothly.

Cappy was also the man who developed Solomone, you watch the huddle he always gives him direct feedback.

I just wish and hope that SK has another star under coach lined up for that team...and then you gotta hope the ARL see the sense in having one of tomorrows stars under Kearney.....Bellamy and Bennett had that in SK.
 
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For some reason people will only ever remember him and drag him over the coals for his failed Kieran Foran experiment. While it was most definitely a black mark on his time here it pales in comparison to what he achieved. While his recruitment of Foran was a disaster his getting Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke to put pen to paper is paying off this year. The same people who give him grief for signing Foran do not give him credit for the others.

Another recruitment decision he was lauded for was bringing in Stephen Kearney. I must admit to having done a complete 180 on my doubts of Mooks now.

Lets not forget it was Doyle who brought Cameron George into the fold and also Doyle who pushed Dean Bell out.

Doyle also his locked in Mt Smart Stadium long-term when the RFA's Robert Domm had all but dropped the axe on the Warriors home ground. Not only did he get them to reverse their decision but he secured the ground long term until 2028. Also got the huge screen installed which anyone who has attended a game will tell you its a great addition to the game day experience.

Despite the club being a failure on field he's done well to get bums on seats and make the club even more financially stable than his predecessor had. Eric Watson spoke of Doyle "driving the financial benefits to the club of the NRL's new club funding model." I would doubt there is a single person involved in any of the other 15 clubs who would have a greater understanding of the NRL's funding model than Doyle.

I've made no secret of my personal mancrush on Doyle. What he did for the NZRL back when the game was only days away from put into involuntary liquidation is something all Kiwis and league lovers of this country should be indebted to. I share others sentiments that I pray he remains in the game in some capacity.

I wanna thank Jim for all he has done for our beloved club and wish him all the best for the future.

ALL HAIL GODOYLE!!!

I agree with you 100% regarding Doyle. The bloke took on the job when the club was looking in bad shape, basically teetering off the edge of a cliff and ready to crash and burn at any given moment.

He had A LOT of work to do to get the club in good shape. It wasn’t just the major things he managed to achieve and implement, it was also the little things.

An example of which was him removing the frosted glass from his office and replacing it with clear glass as a showing that he wasn’t on a higher pedestal than anyone else, that he was approachable, everyone was in it together and were equals as they strived for their common goal in turning the club around. He said something along the lines of it also giving the workplace a more open and welcoming feel and to also show his door was always open and whatever situation they were tackling at any given time it wasn’t done in hiding, but for all to see.

As well as that, he was quick to re-design how the offices were all set up, knocking out walls to do away with the “rat maze” feel it once had to a more open plan. He also relocated certain office staff so they’d be closer to each other instead of being on different floors, making communication easier between employees.

Very simple ideas and new arrangements in the big scheme of things that he introduced to the club. Just like on the footy field, you need to get those 1%ers in order at the office, they’re the foundations that need to be laid to build an empire, without them your kingdom will crumble before it becomes powerful.

I can’t believe what I’m reading on some of the Warriors Supporter Groups/pages at the moment, im honestly starting to believe that “catching the dumb” is very real and very contagious.

In regards to Doyle, here’s an example of one reply I’ve read under a post giving GODoyle the props he truly deserves for his time at the club;

“Seriously you need to look and read what he's actually done. Compared to where the club was he's done nothing but put the club at times stressed broke and backed certain uneducated employees to get 2.7 million from the club.” Reading comments like this on social media it’s no wonder I’ve constantly got a headache.

If comments like that weren’t enough, Ive noticed a rapid increase in “supporters” bagging Mannering lately and calling for him to either be dropped or retire early as he offers nothing to the team anymore.

“Catching the Dumb” is a real thing everyone, make sure you take the appropriate measures to ensure you’re not struck down with this debilitating illness
 
Another thing that Doyle identified and made sure to rectify at the club was the hiring of staff and personnel in key areas. I know the article touched on some of the older heads leading the younger guys astray but there was also another significant (missing) piece to the jigsaw that Doyle managed to find and fit into place.

I had been vocal about it in Supporter groups for the last 2+ years and that was to hire staff and players throughout the organisation that came from other establishments that knew how to win.

For far too long we had people littered throughout the club that knew nothing more than under achieving. They say “winning becomes a habit”, before you even think of taking up a habit you need to be able to master the basics to begin with. Just like winning, losing also becomes a habit and that losing habit was burnt deep into the core of our club.

With the signings of the last 12-18 months, of both players and staff alike, we’re now starting to see how different things can be when you have people surrounding the club that know what it takes to be successful, know how to win and come with the attitude that losing isn’t an option.

As for the “senior” blokes that the club let go, those that were dragging the chain, they were some massive decisions made by Doyle and Co with letting them go, especially with a few of those players being “cult hero’s” within the club and/or long standing members within the team with most being first picked names every week.

In years gone by those players would have been re-signed and kept on this year, not just because they were part of the furniture but because not many would have had the balls to tell so many “big” names they’re services are no longer required. We’d also have missed out on Green as we would have folded to both Tui and Hinganos demands of being in the starting 13 each week.

From the smallest of decisions to the biggest of decisions, the Warriors will forever be grateful for everything Doyle has done. Almost deserves having a number retired in his honour
 
For some reason people will only ever remember him and drag him over the coals for his failed Kieran Foran experiment. While it was most definitely a black mark on his time here it pales in comparison to what he achieved. While his recruitment of Foran was a disaster his getting Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke to put pen to paper is paying off this year. The same people who give him grief for signing Foran do not give him credit for the others.

Another recruitment decision he was lauded for was bringing in Stephen Kearney. I must admit to having done a complete 180 on my doubts of Mooks now.

Lets not forget it was Doyle who brought Cameron George into the fold and also Doyle who pushed Dean Bell out.

Doyle also his locked in Mt Smart Stadium long-term when the RFA's Robert Domm had all but dropped the axe on the Warriors home ground. Not only did he get them to reverse their decision but he secured the ground long term until 2028. Also got the huge screen installed which anyone who has attended a game will tell you its a great addition to the game day experience.

Despite the club being a failure on field he's done well to get bums on seats and make the club even more financially stable than his predecessor had. Eric Watson spoke of Doyle "driving the financial benefits to the club of the NRL's new club funding model." I would doubt there is a single person involved in any of the other 15 clubs who would have a greater understanding of the NRL's funding model than Doyle.

I've made no secret of my personal mancrush on Doyle. What he did for the NZRL back when the game was only days away from put into involuntary liquidation is something all Kiwis and league lovers of this country should be indebted to. I share others sentiments that I pray he remains in the game in some capacity.

I wanna thank Jim for all he has done for our beloved club and wish him all the best for the future.

ALL HAIL GODOYLE!!!
In saying that it would be great if we did have a nice new stadium on the waterfront in downtown Auckland, but’s that’s a different thread! Good luck on your endeavours Jim
 
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mt.wellington

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League: Outgoing Warriors chairman Jim Doyle on the key moments in his time at the club
6 May, 2018 5:00am
By: Michael Burgess
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Outgoing Warriors chairman Jim Doyle. Photo / Photosport

Outgoing Warriors chairman Jim Doyle told Michael Burgess about the 13 key moments during his tenure at the club.

1. Grabbing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Photo / Photosport

On April 8, 2015, the Warriors signed Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, one of the NRL's hottest properties.

"We needed someone to build the club around. Roger was the No 1 target, even though we had Sam Tomkins at the time. I said to Roger, 'you've won a premiership with the Roosters, but if you win one with the Warriors, in 30 years, people will still be talking about the team that brought the trophy here for the first time'. I emphasised his chance for a legacy ... 'decades from now, people will know your name'. I knew that would be the right button to press."

2. Changing the culture
The lack of a winning culture at the Warriors had long been the talk of the NRL, and Doyle and coach Andrew McFadden set out to change that.


"We had two groups. There was a small group of professional players who trained, hydrated and slept properly so they could perform. But we had another probably bigger group of unprofessional players. Not all wanted to be unprofessional, they just didn't know how to be professional. And many of them were followers, but they were following the wrong people. So when the young ones were coming up, they would join the wrong group. So we knew we had to get some of them out and bring more who belonged to the first group."

3. Moving for Mooks

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Stephen Kearney. Photo / Photosport

In something of a homecoming, Stephen Kearney was announced as Warriors coach on September 12, 2016.

"I've got a huge amount of respect for Stephen, as a person and coach. He failed at Parramatta because he chose the wrong club, at the wrong time. It was in turmoil. He felt he could make a difference but it was too much for him. We took a risk on him — and we got bagged for it. I always felt Stephen was the ideal coach for the Warriors, and because I knew him personally, it gave me the ability to have conversations with him off the record. I didn't want the speculation, I didn't want to do that to Cappy [McFadden] and was always quite open with him."

4. Keeping Cappy
On Kearney's arrival, the Warriors took the unusual step of retaining former coach McFadden.

"Cappy is a great coach and he'd started something but we needed a new voice, some fresh ideas and new thinking. When I first asked Stephen about keeping Cappy on, he was like, 'No, you can't do that'. We discussed it more and then Andrew and I flew to Brisbane, so everyone could talk. Losing what Cappy had started would have been detrimental to the club, especially the way he'd driven the concept of being a 24-hour athlete. It was a bit awkward for both of them at first but Cappy has added a lot of value."

5. Staying at Mt Smart

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Mt. Smart Stadium. Photo / Photosport

In 2016, Regional Facilities Auckland were hell-bent on moving the Warriors from Mt Smart and had seemingly persuaded Auckland Council it was the right move.

"This was a fundamental one, absolutely huge. We were due to be kicked out by 2018 and would be playing at Eden Park or North Harbour, which would have been a disaster for the club. We worked hard, talking to all the councillors and mayor. We also tried to improve the relationship with RFA. In the end, we secured a new 10-year deal."

6. The gang of six
Half a dozen Warriors players admitted mixing prescription drugs with energy drinks during a late night out after being hammered 42-0 by the Storm in last year's Anzac Day clash.

"I'd heard some things before I came here, and Andrew [McFadden] and I took the chance to draw a line in the sand. It was an opportunity to sort things out and clean the place up. We stood them down from the next game, and made them unavailable for the Kiwis. It was a tough call but we didn't want the young ones being led astray. From there on, the options were clear."

7. Signing Tohu Harris

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Tohu Harris. Photo / Photosport

The Warriors secured Kiwis back rower Tohu Harris last year, despite the Storm being keen to retain him.


"He was a huge piece of the puzzle and we knew Melbourne wanted to keep him. But there are always other factors. His wife had just had a baby and all the family is here. Stephen has a strong relationship with Tohu Harris and we convinced him of the chance to leave a legacy and bring success to this club."

8. Counting on Corvo
Strength and fitness guru Alex Corvo has been credited with the Warriors' impressive conditioning gains in 2018.

"
Stephen came to me last April and said we really need to take a step up in terms of fitness, mental toughness and mental strength. Alex had been pushed a bit to the side at the Broncos and it gave us an opportunity. We brought Alex over a few times, trying to convince him, to see what we were trying to do. He had massive respect for Stephen and wanted to help him out."

9. Retaining Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Last March, Tuivasa-Sheck signed a new deal, despite speculation linking him to rugby and another NRL club after the dismal 2017 season. It came almost 12 months to the day that he had been unveiled as the surprise choice as Warriors captain.

"Making Roger captain last year wasn't about the now, it was about the future, the next five or 10 years. When his contract was up, I didn't believe he would leave. But if you make him captain . . . there was no way he was leaving. And for him to sign another four-year deal — that was critical. If he'd left, it would've been a big blow. It would've shown a lack of confidence in the club and probably would've impacted commercially, too."

10. Hiring Cameron George

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Cameron George, Warriors CEO, and Cameron McGregor (right), from Carlaw Heritage Trust. Photo / Photosport

"We brought in Cameron as part of the succession plan for me to step out. I spent time with him when he was at Ellerslie, then brought him in as chief operating officer. That was part of my initial discussion with Eric [Watson]. I'd be CEO for a couple of years, then move to chairman. Cameron has been a great appointment."

11. The Foran affair

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Kieran Foran. Photo / Photosport

Kieran Foran arrived at the club amid an avalanche of publicity but struggled with injury and off-field issues, and left after one season.


"Hindsight's a wonderful thing. We felt we could get him right and he would help us. It didn't quite work out because of the various issues but you couldn't miss the opportunity. We didn't realise how much we'd have to do. We knew there'd be some dramas but not as much as there was. We thought we'd get a lot more positives than negatives."

12. Tough times in 2015
An injury to Shaun Johnson was the catalyst for an eight-game losing streak to end 2015.

"It highlighted the fact we needed to completely change our roster and do things differently. It showed what we were missing. We thought we had depth but even our young guys were victims of the system and not learning from true professionals."

13. Breaking down silos
On Doyle's arrival at Mt Smart, he made immediate changes to the office space.

"I took the large frosting off my office wall on my second day there, to make the place more transparent. I wanted to create a more open environment. It you're having a meeting, it shouldn't be in secret. If you need to have a confidential meeting, you have the boardroom to do that. The rest of the office was a corridor, with a whole lot of separate offices, like rabbit warrens. Over Christmas, we had all the walls knocked down."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/league/news/article.cfm?c_id=79&objectid=12045906

Doyle reflecting on the past few years. Really interesting to see the comments regarding the cliques of unprofessionals/professionals, and essentially since Cappy was coach they've been actively trying to change and recruit this new culture. Really does make it seem like this year is the culmination of a lot of things finally coming together.
Awesome read and just goes to show how much work he has done that we have no idea about. Have to say keeping Cappy was a masterstroke by Doyle and something thats generally unheard of in professional sport...
 
Awesome read and just goes to show how much work he has done that we have no idea about. Have to say keeping Cappy was a masterstroke by Doyle and something thats generally unheard of in professional sport...
It might turn out to be a huge benefit to Cappy that he stayed as well. If we finish high on the ladder and go deep into the finals, he'll leave on a high, and take a couple of seasons of head coaching experience with him to boot.

You'd have to expect his next job would be head coach somewhere. He can thank Doyle for changing his legacy here from failure success.
 

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Several things that had previously been rumours confirmed there. Am I reading too much into it (I think I am) to think he is inferring that Foran was a more demanding personality to work with than he had thought too.

The respect that Kearney garners from the people he meets is evident throughout.

Foran had major issues with his ex partner, sounded like she was a nutcase. As a result he was not able to see his kids as much as he wanted to. Must have been hard having a Trans Tasman relationship with young kids. Injuries also played a big part. Better to have tried than walked away from it.
 

gREVUS

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I agree with you 100% regarding Doyle. The bloke took on the job when the club was looking in bad shape, basically teetering off the edge of a cliff and ready to crash and burn at any given moment.

He had A LOT of work to do to get the club in good shape. It wasn’t just the major things he managed to achieve and implement, it was also the little things.

An example of which was him removing the frosted glass from his office and replacing it with clear glass as a showing that he wasn’t on a higher pedestal than anyone else, that he was approachable, everyone was in it together and were equals as they strived for their common goal in turning the club around. He said something along the lines of it also giving the workplace a more open and welcoming feel and to also show his door was always open and whatever situation they were tackling at any given time it wasn’t done in hiding, but for all to see.

As well as that, he was quick to re-design how the offices were all set up, knocking out walls to do away with the “rat maze” feel it once had to a more open plan. He also relocated certain office staff so they’d be closer to each other instead of being on different floors, making communication easier between employees.

Very simple ideas and new arrangements in the big scheme of things that he introduced to the club. Just like on the footy field, you need to get those 1%ers in order at the office, they’re the foundations that need to be laid to build an empire, without them your kingdom will crumble before it becomes powerful.

I can’t believe what I’m reading on some of the Warriors Supporter Groups/pages at the moment, im honestly starting to believe that “catching the dumb” is very real and very contagious.

In regards to Doyle, here’s an example of one reply I’ve read under a post giving GODoyle the props he truly deserves for his time at the club;

“Seriously you need to look and read what he's actually done. Compared to where the club was he's done nothing but put the club at times stressed broke and backed certain uneducated employees to get 2.7 million from the club.” Reading comments like this on social media it’s no wonder I’ve constantly got a headache.

If comments like that weren’t enough, Ive noticed a rapid increase in “supporters” bagging Mannering lately and calling for him to either be dropped or retire early as he offers nothing to the team anymore.

“Catching the Dumb” is a real thing everyone, make sure you take the appropriate measures to ensure you’re not struck down with this debilitating illness
Firstly ive been bagging Mannering for years. Secondly i never said i was a genius. If i caught the Dumb, i musta caught it a long long time ago.

Lastly I thank him for some of the things he has done, but given his background why did it take so long to work out, putting all your stock in one player was never going to work? No not mannering, im talking Shaun Johnson. His comment that it took an injury to see that they were headed in the wrong direction stuns me. No team of more than 1 can put all their stock in an individual carrying the day. I knew this in 1995 when they hired a team of individual superstars, instead of a team that plays for each other, and i barely knew what league was back then, as i had only been following it for a couple of years. IMO hes made mistakes, as well as done some great things.

For me the number one best thing he did for the warriors was to get MSS locked down and stop all the bullshit that the council were trying to do to them. After that it was letting the coach pick his team rather than him doing it.

BTW wasnt he the one who sacked elliott, and put cappy in charge in the first place. Then sacked cappy and insisted he stay on in some capacity? And now when Cappy is finally leaving so is Jim... IMO Cappy added nothing to the warriors except nearly destroy them for a period of 6 years. When they ditched elliott they should have ditched Cappy as well. The culture rot started with his arrival and only ended with SK's appointment.

And while SK this year has shown us a massive upswing in all things warriors, the season isnt even at the half way point yet. I'm not calling this a smart move till the end of the year and ive been pro kearny from the beginning (remember im stupid, or as you like to say DUMB). I hope this move pans out but theres a lot of football still to be played before i rate this as his second best decision.
 

gREVUS

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Bluey McLennan stating he was giving the players a soft off season and then picking a horribly unfit Hurrell for round 1 against Manly was the start of the rot.
Damn i forgot about the bus driver, Shit we had some crap coaches for a while didnt we. Im not sure if that was the start of the rot or not, but he killed a GF team for sure.
 
Damn i forgot about the bus driver, Shit we had some crap coaches for a while didnt we. Im not sure if that was the start of the rot or not, but he killed a GF team for sure.
It was the start 100%. I remember travelling up from Tauranga for the Manly game and telling my friend how awesome Konrad had been in u20s and how to watch for him on debut. It was embarassing, he was no where near fit enough to be in first grade and our new coach had just made a massive statement to our squad essentially telling them if you were talented then you didn't need to do the work off the park, you would be selected on talent alone.

Certainly can't blame bluey for everything that has happened. But massive damage was done to team culture in that year.
 

gREVUS

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It was the start 100%. I remember travelling up from Tauranga for the Manly game and telling my friend how awesome Konrad had been in u20s and how to watch for him on debut. It was embarassing, he was no where near fit enough to be in first grade and our new coach had just made a massive statement to our squad essentially telling them if you were talented then you didn't need to do the work off the park, you would be selected on talent alone.

Certainly can't blame bluey for everything that has happened. But massive damage was done to team culture in that year.
Yea your right, i have blanked alot of those years deliberately; Bluey was a massive disaster to the warriors. Followed by Elliot and Cappy.
 
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