Staff Stephen Kearney

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discipline?? remember the energy drinks and sleeping pills saga was all under his watch aye? at the WC of all times.... does he really command respect from the players??????
 
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KingBubz

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Tonight? That would be the latest press release I can remember from the club?

Maybe damage control after this was leaked? I'm guessing Kearney can't get away from Brisbane at the moment and after it was leaked today the club needs to come out with something?

They used to release player re-signings quite late at night although it has been a couple of years since the last time they did so.
 
KingBubz

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discipline?? remember the energy drinks and sleeping pills saga was all under his watch aye? at the WC of all times.... does he really command respect from the players??????

Yeah and one of those players apparently involved in that was Foran...
 
rugged

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While I'm not exactly busting out the celebratory whiskey, I could get behind this appointment if it happens, something has to give & who else out there is really willing & able (I just can't see Hasler or Toovey wanting the gig, I think Cleary had his time & I don't particularly rate Toovey as a coach anyway)

If this does go down I could also easily see Stacey Jones being bumped up to assistant, which I could also get behind

Trying to break it down in my head so I thought I'd do some pros & cons

Cons

Inexperience - as a NRL first grade head coach Kearney is still a novice at best

Record - Parramatta 2011-12 - 42 games 10 wins 1 draw 31 losses with a winning percentage of 24% (forced resignation due to poor results)

Media - Kearney has a reputation for not being the greatest of communicators as far as dealing with the media is concerned, but in all honesty I personally could care less about that as it is a peripheral function of his core role IMO, just look at Wayne Bennett

(I can't really think of anymore glaringly obvious cons right now, but if anyone else can please feel free to elaborate)

Pros

Experience - Although Kearney is relatively inexperienced as a NRL first grade head coach he has actually had 24 years worth of experience in & around the upper echelons of Rugby League as both a player & a coach in three countries, quite impressive considering Kearney is only 44yo

Record - Although Kearney obviously did very poorly as a head coach at Parramatta he is still widely considered the most successful New Zealand Kiwis rugby league coach of all time with a record of 42 games 23 wins 1 draw 18 losses with a winning percentage of 55% with notable victories being the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, (with the assistance of Wayne Bennet) Four Nations Champions 2010 & 2014, 2015 Anzac test (breaking a painful losing streak dating back to 1998)

Mentors - Kearney has gained considerable mentorship, experience having spent a considerable amount of time working as an assitance first grade coach under both Craig Bellamy & Wayne Bennett who are considered to be the two best rugby league coaches of the modern era, both of these men also speak very highly of Kearney's coaching abilities

Other notable qualities - Kearney is very well known his professinalism, his stritct dedication to discipline & also for his meticulous nature

And last but not least, (this is more a personal observation than anything factual) since the 2008 World Cup Kearney has actually struck me as having that Wayne Bennett type quality where he is very loyal & really cares for his players on a persoanl level & in turn his players love playing for him & like Bennett he also has that somewhat ruthless streak to cut players, regardless of their reputations, when he deems it neccessary eg: Benji, JWH etc

I've tried to just stick mostly to the facts as I see them & stay away from opinions (both my own & others) but feel free to agree or dispute

Just from my perspective as I re-read this I've gotta say that at this stage the positives do seem to outweight the negatives, so yeah, if this does happen I think I'm fairly comfortable with getting on board & supporting Kearney ... intersting times
One of the huge positives is he already has relationship with many of the players, another is he understand the culture of our club
 
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DavidMcKay1974

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I haven't written anything on here lately as I've just waited, and waited. I didn't even write anything about the last two to three games, especially that last game. I would have given Cappy another shot, but having Stephen Kearney here and maybe Kieran Foran. I'd say hell to the yes to that. Kearney will know under Bennett what a true pre season looks like, so the Warriors thought they had it tough the last few years, but now it's going to be even tougher. That's what they need.
 
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mrblonde

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So how precisely is Mr Foran's signing going to rark up Mr Matulino and co? That increasingly seems the theme about our team - the forwards are the lazy bastards, the wingers are no good at their jobs because they're too busy/out of position/buggered from doing the forwards jobs.

That's the question for me. And also, if Kingbubz is correct, would Kearney want Foran? Has there been a heart-to-heart and all's forgiven or not?

Surely to God the first step the club does is sign the new coach if that's what they think is right. Then they say "Look, Cappy was keen on signing Keiran Foran, are you yae or nay on that one?" All player signings and releases put on hold until the coaching is sorted.

JD wouldn't drop the ball that badly would he? Sign Foran, then sign Kearney who is then lumped with a player who he doesn't rate/want. Does he play him in the ISP so he doesn't screw up the NRL team? Give him a second chance, fingers crossed?
 
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Johnnyray

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Again one thing I just want to add about Stephen Kearney that I've always respected about him not just as player but as person is that according to the "Beleaguered" book written about this club back in 2001 is in it, it states that back in 1990s that while all other players in NZ Warriors during off training would be at home playing, I don't know, Echo The Dolphin on their Sega Megadrives, (Christ 90s were crap) Stephen Kearney would be the only player out of all of them who would use that free time to study and earned himself a degree. It's that sort of commitment, dedication and desire to want to better himself makes him in my mind the sort of person you would want leading this club. Knowing that I really do think he could be the best thing for us ... :)
 
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mt.wellington

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How long before we start the sack kearney thread you reckon?
At least not until Blueys Round. Only legacy Bluey ever left this forum. Cappy made it until over a season in charge before his one was started...

Tonight? That would be the latest press release I can remember from the club?
Anyone remember the press release those assholes sent out at midnight a couple years ago? Forgot what that was for...
 
Makasene

Makasene

I was hoping for Kearney's appointment when Elliot got the chop. Have never bought into the rational the Parra debacle was his doing, he was nothing more than a pawn in a very disorganised outfit.

The make up of the Assistants will be interesting. Mooks is a forwards coach in my eyes, and we need that experience to toughen our pack up cos much like my Collie she just rolls over for a belly scratch when the going gets tough.

Cappy demoted back to assistant? Can't see it, and why would he want it. Pay him out, he'll get a gig elsewhere, even if it is back to coaching 20s.

Justin Morgan "Mr Defence Coach" - NRL 360 did their season review of the Warriors, Conceded 34 points or more in 8 games this season, that's 33% - 2nd most ever according to their stats. Not a lot of justification for keeping him.

Kidwell - Could be a good option, many picking he will nab the Kiwis gig. I don't see too much of a conflict of interest, The end of year tour is before the pre season so players will be picked on this seasons form, they only play 1 test during the year. If a guys been dropped he won't be picked out of reserve grade.


My pick of the bunch would be Stacey Jones - Mana, came right through park footy coaching ranks, starting to build quite resume when you look at what he's done with a bit part ISP team, won a 20s comp too - Our attack in the 20 is atrocious (what attack) He could be the guy to help.
 
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Off The Bench

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The big question is will the players buy what he's selling
If he comes across with Foran
The team has got to believe they are in with a shot,
It's going to be a good season be interesting at least
An next seasons player signings should be huge,
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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The big question is will the players buy what he's selling
The real question is will the players have a choice? Kearney will likely get a 3 year contract if he is signed which is plenty time to clean out the whole team if he wants...
 
InsideBall

InsideBall

Anyone remember the press release those assholes sent out at midnight a couple years ago? Forgot what that was for...

Haha, yeah... I could have sworn it was for a player being released, but I can't remember it either.

On Kearny, I'm going to repost my thoughts from the other thread about this situation;

The other thing with Kearny is this he's already proven that he can get a significant portion of our squad firing. And no doubt, these years under Bennett will have improved him and rounded him as a coach... Hes now learned under the two best coaches of the modern era, has intimate understating of, not only our squad, but the kiwi mentality in general, has a proven record at international level, and is not afraid to drop those who aren't living up to the standards that he sets. We'd probably keep Morgan too, because those two would understand each other very well, both coming from the Melbourne coaching system, and even further to that, if we added Kidwell as the second assistant, I think we'd start looking pretty good in the coaching department. That'd be three coaches all with experience from the Storm system, which could only elevate our standards of professionalism, but it'd also mean having two coaches that played for this club, two that have represented the Kiwis with great distinction...

The more I think about it, the more I like it.
 
InsideBall

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Kearney new Vodafone Warriors head coach
Richard Becht | Images: www.photosport.nz

Mon 12th September, 09:22PM
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Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle last night confirmed long-serving Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney is returning to the club as its new head coach on a three-year deal.

The appointment headlines a major revamp of the club’s NRL coaching staff which sees current head coach Andrew McFadden remain as one of Kearney’s assistants, Vodafone Warriors legend Stacey Jones promoted to add further depth in a new role and another experienced international coach set to be signed to join the coaching team.

Kearney (44) will finish his assistant coach’s job with the Brisbane Broncos when their 2016 campaign ends to rejoin the club he made 79 appearances for as a foundation player from 1995-1998.

McFadden has had 67 matches in charge since 2014 while Jones will step up from his current role as Intrust Super Premiership coach to provide additional support to the NRL squad in specific specialised areas.

Current assistant coaches Andrew Webster and Justin Morgan are finishing up with the Vodafone Warriors.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to bring Stephen back to Mount Smart Stadium,” he said.

“He was outstanding during his playing career with the club and then with the Melbourne Storm before moving into coaching.

“Stephen has taken the Kiwis to a new level with their successes in the Rugby League World Cup in 2008 and twice in the Four Nations in 2010 and 2014.

“During his coaching career he has also worked alongside two of the best coaches the game has seen in Craig Bellamy at the Storm and Wayne Bennett at the Broncos.

“Our review identified changes needed to be made and, in Stephen, we have a coach who has a reputation for demanding the highest standards.”

Kearney is now helping to prepare the Broncos for their sudden-death NRL playoff against the North Queensland Cowboys this weekend but said he was looking forward to returning to Auckland.

“While I’ve got a job to do here I’m really excited about coming on board at the Vodafone Warriors,” he said from Brisbane last night.

“The club means a lot to me from my time there as a player and this a great opportunity to take the football department in a new direction.

“I’ve been speaking to Cappy about his role and I’m thrilled he’s staying on. He has so much to offer with his knowledge about the club and I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“It’ll also be great to have Stacey involved to a greater degree with the NRL squad so we can really maximise the expertise he provides.”

In nine seasons as Kiwi coach, Kearney has led the national side to unprecedented success. As well as winning the World Cup for the first time in 2008 followed by the Four Nations victories in 2010 and 2014, Kearney guided the Kiwis to a breakthrough Anzac Test win last year to complete a run of three consecutive wins over the Kangaroos.

Apart from assistant coach roles with Melbourne (2006-2010) and Brisbane (2013-2016), he was head coach with Parramatta in 2011-2012. He’s the second former Vodafone Warrior to become head coach following Ivan Cleary (2006-2011).

While Doyle confirmed the coaching changes, Vodafone Warriors owner Eric Watson has endorsed Kearney’s appointment.

“I’m thrilled the Vodafone Warriors have secured a coach of Stephen’s calibre as well as building a coaching team of the type and quality we’ve never seen before,” he said.

“Stephen brings so much experience to the club and has the added advantage of knowing so many of the country’s best players through his long association with the Kiwis.”

Watson also announced a new initiative with the formation of a football advisory board to oversee the club’s football operations.

Among the members are former Rugby World Cup-winning All Black coach Sir Graham Henry, experienced NFL coach Eric Mangini, club great Awen Guttenbeil and director Owen Eastwood.

Watson said the advisory board filled a void which had existed in the club’s board structure for many years.

As well as Watson, Henry, Mangini, Guttenbeil and Eastwood the other members of the new Football Advisory Board are Doyle and board director Les Archer.

Watson said he and Doyle had been discussing the concept of a football advisory board for some time.

“We were well aware that our board has been made up of directors who all bring strong commercial expertise to the table,” he said.

“However, we have been lacking sporting knowledge so we have moved to improve that with the formation of this Football Advisory Board.

“We met recently and will meet monthly covering all football responsibilities.

“The full board will continue to be responsible for the governance and commercial areas of the business.

“As well has having directors on the advisory board, we’re especially thrilled to have the services of Sir Graham, Eric, Awen and Owen. They provide exceptional knowledge and experience from the professional sporting world as we strive to improve our standards throughout the club.

“I’m really excited about what we’re creating for the Vodafone Warriors, giving the senior players better coaching support than they’ve had before.

“The formation of the advisory board together with Stephen’s appointment and the other coaching roles are all part of a comprehensive overhaul of how we do business.”

Sir Graham (70) coached Auckland, the Blues, Wales and the British and Irish Lions before serving as All Black coach from 2004-2011, ending his term with victory in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park. He has since worked as a consultant.

Mangini (45) has been involved in NFL coaching roles since 1995. He was head coach of the New York Jets from 2006-2008 and the Cleveland Browns in 2009-2010. He has also worked with the Baltimore Ravens, the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers (when NRL star Jarryd Hayne was on the roster). He was a guest at the Vodafone Warriors this season when he took in the club’s 26-10 win over St George Illawarra on May 1.

Guttenbeil (40) became Vodafone Warrior No 33 when he made his first-grade debut in 1996. He overcame multiple injury setbacks to make 170 NRL appearances for the club from 1996-2006 before finishing his playing career with Castleford in the English Super League in 2007-2008. He also played 10 Tests for the Kiwis between 2002-2005 and represented Mate Ma’a Tonga at the 1995 and 2008 Rugby League World Cups.

Southland-raised Eastwood also brings a strong sporting background to the board. He is a consultant to teams and organisations on developing high performance team culture. He has been associated with the All Blacks through sponsor adidas, the Chelsea Football Club, the South African cricket team and the military command group of NATO.

He has also been retained by the City Football Group (working with Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City), the Scotland rugby union team, the executive committee of Investec and the Football Association (working with the England national football teams).

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/09/12/kearney_new_vodafone.html

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BiggerD

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I was hoping for Kearney's appointment when Elliot got the chop. Have never bought into the rational the Parra debacle was his doing, he was nothing more than a pawn in a very disorganised outfit.

The make up of the Assistants will be interesting. Mooks is a forwards coach in my eyes, and we need that experience to toughen our pack up cos much like my Collie she just rolls over for a belly scratch when the going gets tough.

Cappy demoted back to assistant? Can't see it, and why would he want it. Pay him out, he'll get a gig elsewhere, even if it is back to coaching 20s.

Justin Morgan "Mr Defence Coach" - NRL 360 did their season review of the Warriors, Conceded 34 points or more in 8 games this season, that's 33% - 2nd most ever according to their stats. Not a lot of justification for keeping him.

Kidwell - Could be a good option, many picking he will nab the Kiwis gig. I don't see too much of a conflict of interest, The end of year tour is before the pre season so players will be picked on this seasons form, they only play 1 test during the year. If a guys been dropped he won't be picked out of reserve grade.


My pick of the bunch would be Stacey Jones - Mana, came right through park footy coaching ranks, starting to build quite resume when you look at what he's done with a bit part ISP team, won a 20s comp too - Our attack in the 20 is atrocious (what attack) He could be the guy to help.



Problem with Kearney at the Eels was due to one player and his EGO Trip
HAYNE

Hayne was a problem at the Eels was frustrated. Bought down Kearneys team.
 
InsideBall

InsideBall

So, Cappy and Stacey as assistants... oh the meltdowns about to happen.

Interesting times ahead. I have to say, if nothing else, it gets me excited again for next year.
 
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