How long has Worcester Warriors boss Richard Hill got left in job?

Worcester News: BOSS: Richard Hill. BOSS: Richard Hill.

THE question on many Warriors fans’ lips at the moment is: ‘Has Richard Hill taken Worcester as far as he can?’

I, for one, think it is too soon to be questioning the head coach’s tenure as, to date, the former Bristol chief has done exactly what has been asked off him.

Hill was appointed to negotiate safe passage out of the Championship and back into the Premiership at the first time of asking.

This he did and was then tasked with putting together a side, albeit at short notice given the second tier’s long-winded play-off system, capable of retaining top-flight rugby. Again, mission accomplished.

However, that brings us onto the tricky third season when Warriors really should be looking to move on to the next level which, in their case, is the Promised Land of the Heineken Cup.

Although there are still nine Aviva Premiership games to be played, that top-six finish appears to be as tantalisingly out of reach as it has ever been.

Hill remains under contract for next season having been handed a two-year extension to his deal at the end of the 2010/11 promotion-winning campaign.

This has not stopped the rumours from circulating, though, with former Scotland boss Andy Robinson among those to have been connected to the top job at Sixways, while there was also plenty of speculation linking Dean Richards to the post prior to the disgraced ‘Bloodgate’ man agreeing to join Newcastle Falcons.

When I spoke to Charlie Little last week, I asked him about Hill’s future, which was understandably an uncomfortable topic, and the Warriors managing director gave his backing to the incumbent head coach, although it wasn’t a ringing endorsement.

Little said: “Hilly has done what we asked him to and we are middle of the season now and I think it is far too early to be going one way or the other at the moment.

“We could win every game and end up in the Heineken Cup, we could lose every game and end up at the bottom.”

As I said, hardly a resounding vote of confidence, more of a ‘let’s see what happens between now and the end of this season’.

Warriors have definitely improved under Hill’s tenure, but the question is whether or not the former England scrum-half is capable of continuing that gradual upward curve.

Previously, he led Bristol to a third-placed finish and Heineken Cup rugby, so there’s no reason he couldn’t do the same at Worcester.

Still, I feel the Warriors head coach is on borrowed time at the moment and how well — or otherwise — Worcester finish this season will go a long way to determining his fate.

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11:00am Mon 4 Feb 13

Respectable says...

From relegated to bottom 4... Good work Hilly.
From relegated to bottom 4... Good work Hilly. Respectable
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12:45pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Lew Smoralz says...

Hill has done everything asked of him and unless he has some glaring inadequacy then he has, surely, earned the right for another season in charge with an expectation of improvement.
Hill has done everything asked of him and unless he has some glaring inadequacy then he has, surely, earned the right for another season in charge with an expectation of improvement. Lew Smoralz
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12:59pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Respectable says...

I guess the other way of looking at this is. Will Mr Hill bail out himself if he doesn't get board level support to build a truly competitive team with depth and succession planning ?
Don't forget that as a former competitive player he won't be happy with the current situation either.
I guess the other way of looking at this is. Will Mr Hill bail out himself if he doesn't get board level support to build a truly competitive team with depth and succession planning ? Don't forget that as a former competitive player he won't be happy with the current situation either. Respectable
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1:15pm Mon 4 Feb 13

worcester_boy says...

On the Bristol front look what happened... their squad wasn't big enough to cope with the Heineken Cup and they were eventually relegated. I don't think anyone would argue that they are coming back up any time soon.

In my opinion, for what it's worth, let Richard Hill sort the squad out, build a team that knows how to play well together and then challenge for a higher table position. He is doing a great job at the moment and we could easily be in Heineken Cup contention were it not for poor referee decisions that have cost us at least two games.
On the Bristol front look what happened... their squad wasn't big enough to cope with the Heineken Cup and they were eventually relegated. I don't think anyone would argue that they are coming back up any time soon. In my opinion, for what it's worth, let Richard Hill sort the squad out, build a team that knows how to play well together and then challenge for a higher table position. He is doing a great job at the moment and we could easily be in Heineken Cup contention were it not for poor referee decisions that have cost us at least two games. worcester_boy
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1:20pm Mon 4 Feb 13

dulon says...

The flat earth society and creationists seem to have a somewhat blinkered view of certain situations . Nothing can deflect their beliefs or views , likewise, we have a board that believed 'passed tense' that Hill could do a certain job ,however, I dont think that Hills limitations will be ignored by the board . His success at bristol was long before the latest surge in professionalism took the premier league leaders to another level . He has had long enough and his inadequacies have been exposed ....
I dont believe that the board are members of the afforementioned groups !
The flat earth society and creationists seem to have a somewhat blinkered view of certain situations . Nothing can deflect their beliefs or views , likewise, we have a board that believed 'passed tense' that Hill could do a certain job ,however, I dont think that Hills limitations will be ignored by the board . His success at bristol was long before the latest surge in professionalism took the premier league leaders to another level . He has had long enough and his inadequacies have been exposed .... I dont believe that the board are members of the afforementioned groups ! dulon
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2:54pm Mon 4 Feb 13

zx12r says...

A queue from the ground to the motorway island a good 10 minutes before the end of the game. Says it all really.....The bubble has burst.
A queue from the ground to the motorway island a good 10 minutes before the end of the game. Says it all really.....The bubble has burst. zx12r
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3:11pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Respectable says...

worcester_boy wrote:
On the Bristol front look what happened... their squad wasn't big enough to cope with the Heineken Cup and they were eventually relegated. I don't think anyone would argue that they are coming back up any time soon.

In my opinion, for what it's worth, let Richard Hill sort the squad out, build a team that knows how to play well together and then challenge for a higher table position. He is doing a great job at the moment and we could easily be in Heineken Cup contention were it not for poor referee decisions that have cost us at least two games.
The belief that poor referring is the reason behind Worcester's position is wearing as thin as the overall "Warriors" hype.

You get 80 minutes to close games out. All of the teams in the Prem are the victims of poor calls at some point in the season. It's the nature of the beast. Why do Worcester keep banging on as if they are victimised on purpose.
To suggest Worcester, in their current state of flux, are capable of competing in the Heineken Cup is laughable.

Whilst there might have been a couple of league points lost the trend , over recent seasons and recent games suggest they are not HC candidates.
[quote][p][bold]worcester_boy[/bold] wrote: On the Bristol front look what happened... their squad wasn't big enough to cope with the Heineken Cup and they were eventually relegated. I don't think anyone would argue that they are coming back up any time soon. In my opinion, for what it's worth, let Richard Hill sort the squad out, build a team that knows how to play well together and then challenge for a higher table position. He is doing a great job at the moment and we could easily be in Heineken Cup contention were it not for poor referee decisions that have cost us at least two games.[/p][/quote]The belief that poor referring is the reason behind Worcester's position is wearing as thin as the overall "Warriors" hype. You get 80 minutes to close games out. All of the teams in the Prem are the victims of poor calls at some point in the season. It's the nature of the beast. Why do Worcester keep banging on as if they are victimised on purpose. To suggest Worcester, in their current state of flux, are capable of competing in the Heineken Cup is laughable. Whilst there might have been a couple of league points lost the trend , over recent seasons and recent games suggest they are not HC candidates. Respectable
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3:46pm Mon 4 Feb 13

roughstuff says...

Before Xmas last yearI I indicated that Hilly was not proffessional enough to do much good in the Premiership. He is now regularly blaming the top players in the squad thus shifting the onus from himself and possibly others. Does he not realise that if our top players have three weeks or more twiddling their fingers rather than playing, they are bound to look jaded.
I see a lack of commitment, a lack of enthusiasum, but most of all, a lack of teamwork.
The motivation and inspiration must first come from from the coaches.Watching England on Saturday showed how much the game has moved on, whilst Worcester still play 'slow ball' and still think that the wham -bam tactics are the best.
Before Xmas last yearI I indicated that Hilly was not proffessional enough to do much good in the Premiership. He is now regularly blaming the top players in the squad thus shifting the onus from himself and possibly others. Does he not realise that if our top players have three weeks or more twiddling their fingers rather than playing, they are bound to look jaded. I see a lack of commitment, a lack of enthusiasum, but most of all, a lack of teamwork. The motivation and inspiration must first come from from the coaches.Watching England on Saturday showed how much the game has moved on, whilst Worcester still play 'slow ball' and still think that the wham -bam tactics are the best. roughstuff
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1:23am Tue 5 Feb 13

WS1991 says...

The board are probably aware of the discontent amongst supporters at the moment, and are also probably aware that the fans are beginning to turn on Hill and the board IMO. The last couple of weeks however do seem to have shown how the board are leaning towards backing and not sacking him, at least for the time being, illustrated by the signings of Warwick and Senatore (non of which can have been cheap) as well as apparently having a few other internationals in the pipe line and these types of signings should be welcomed by supporters and it will hopefully be a turning point in our fortunes.

It is a difficult one with Hill though. Despite some bad performances we are comfortably 9th in the table, our home form is very good and he has met his targets each season. However, he comfortably has the worst away form out of any coach we've had in the prem, meaning as soon as the home form bubble bursts we will go down unless he can sort the away form out.

It is a real shame, because I (like so many others) used to support the Warriors away in our hundreds and sometimes thousands and always took good numbers (Wembley, Orrell, Quins and Gloucester, Wasps, Northampton).

Our ridiculous away form has made travelling away pointless and our away following has thus diminished to being almost non existent. I bet the ''derby'' (I use the speech marks as it isn't a derby at all, a local rivalry yes. It seems to have been wrongly dubbed a derby over night, the day we got promoted. The history isn't there for it to be called a derby- yet. Our away support also often means that there is little off the field spice at the Kingsholm matches anymore.)

Anyway, back on track.... For me, the tail end of this season/ beginning of next season will answer whether or not we keep him or not. If we haven't got our away form sorted and don't seem to be challenging for the Heineken Cup by Christmas then I would call it a day- possibly sooner should the tail end of this season go terribly.
The board are probably aware of the discontent amongst supporters at the moment, and are also probably aware that the fans are beginning to turn on Hill and the board IMO. The last couple of weeks however do seem to have shown how the board are leaning towards backing and not sacking him, at least for the time being, illustrated by the signings of Warwick and Senatore (non of which can have been cheap) as well as apparently having a few other internationals in the pipe line and these types of signings should be welcomed by supporters and it will hopefully be a turning point in our fortunes. It is a difficult one with Hill though. Despite some bad performances we are comfortably 9th in the table, our home form is very good and he has met his targets each season. However, he comfortably has the worst away form out of any coach we've had in the prem, meaning as soon as the home form bubble bursts we will go down unless he can sort the away form out. It is a real shame, because I (like so many others) used to support the Warriors away in our hundreds and sometimes thousands and always took good numbers (Wembley, Orrell, Quins and Gloucester, Wasps, Northampton). Our ridiculous away form has made travelling away pointless and our away following has thus diminished to being almost non existent. I bet the ''derby'' (I use the speech marks as it isn't a derby at all, a local rivalry yes. It seems to have been wrongly dubbed a derby over night, the day we got promoted. The history isn't there for it to be called a derby- yet. Our away support also often means that there is little off the field spice at the Kingsholm matches anymore.) Anyway, back on track.... For me, the tail end of this season/ beginning of next season will answer whether or not we keep him or not. If we haven't got our away form sorted and don't seem to be challenging for the Heineken Cup by Christmas then I would call it a day- possibly sooner should the tail end of this season go terribly. WS1991
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8:41am Tue 5 Feb 13

dulon says...

I cant help but think that the young ones , that are leaving , know something about the ability of the coach that maybe we are not privvy to . Young players have a limited time to earn their retirement funds and they must be coached and nurtured to their full potential . A young player that wishes to develop will look at the alternatives and come to their own conclusions . Hence the exodus ? The introduction of southern hemisphere players will help during the six nations period but is this a sustainable long term answer ? Exeter is not over run with imports ......
I cant help but think that the young ones , that are leaving , know something about the ability of the coach that maybe we are not privvy to . Young players have a limited time to earn their retirement funds and they must be coached and nurtured to their full potential . A young player that wishes to develop will look at the alternatives and come to their own conclusions . Hence the exodus ? The introduction of southern hemisphere players will help during the six nations period but is this a sustainable long term answer ? Exeter is not over run with imports ...... dulon
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9:50am Tue 5 Feb 13

Bushi says...

dulon wrote:
I cant help but think that the young ones , that are leaving , know something about the ability of the coach that maybe we are not privvy to . Young players have a limited time to earn their retirement funds and they must be coached and nurtured to their full potential . A young player that wishes to develop will look at the alternatives and come to their own conclusions . Hence the exodus ? The introduction of southern hemisphere players will help during the six nations period but is this a sustainable long term answer ? Exeter is not over run with imports ......
I think there are a couple of reasons the youngsters leave;
1. The grass is greener the other side of the fence - Apart from Tom Wood I think if you ask our other ex-players they may tell you Worcester isn't so bad. Do they want to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond.
2. They think that they'll get recognised and have a better chance of playing for there country. This might be true. England always seem to choose players from the top clubs, with only a few exceptions.

I think that Hill is a good coach. I think it's a Director of Rugby that we require. I've heard Hill is good with the players, but not good in the DoR role
[quote][p][bold]dulon[/bold] wrote: I cant help but think that the young ones , that are leaving , know something about the ability of the coach that maybe we are not privvy to . Young players have a limited time to earn their retirement funds and they must be coached and nurtured to their full potential . A young player that wishes to develop will look at the alternatives and come to their own conclusions . Hence the exodus ? The introduction of southern hemisphere players will help during the six nations period but is this a sustainable long term answer ? Exeter is not over run with imports ......[/p][/quote]I think there are a couple of reasons the youngsters leave; 1. The grass is greener the other side of the fence - Apart from Tom Wood I think if you ask our other ex-players they may tell you Worcester isn't so bad. Do they want to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond. 2. They think that they'll get recognised and have a better chance of playing for there country. This might be true. England always seem to choose players from the top clubs, with only a few exceptions. I think that Hill is a good coach. I think it's a Director of Rugby that we require. I've heard Hill is good with the players, but not good in the DoR role Bushi
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10:17am Tue 5 Feb 13

dulon says...

Well if Hill is a good coach does that mean he is not responsible for the diabolical performances over the last few months ?
Confidence is the key to the formula that means that the coach gets the most from the squad . We know that they can turn up and play well ,but, it is inconsistent, How many times has the team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory ? I do not believe that Hill is capable of coming up with the right tactics to suite the resources that are available neither does he seem capable of motivating the team to concentrate for 80 minutes . As for his ability to motivate , well , I wish his team talks were not conducted through the media . The shortcomings of the warriors are obvious and the first one starts when Mr Hill looks in the mirror .
Well if Hill is a good coach does that mean he is not responsible for the diabolical performances over the last few months ? Confidence is the key to the formula that means that the coach gets the most from the squad . We know that they can turn up and play well ,but, it is inconsistent, How many times has the team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory ? I do not believe that Hill is capable of coming up with the right tactics to suite the resources that are available neither does he seem capable of motivating the team to concentrate for 80 minutes . As for his ability to motivate , well , I wish his team talks were not conducted through the media . The shortcomings of the warriors are obvious and the first one starts when Mr Hill looks in the mirror . dulon
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1:00pm Tue 5 Feb 13

wrfchooker says...

it must be remembered that Richard Hill and Nigel Redman are RFU Level 5 coaches the highest possible achievement a coach can acquire so their coaching credentials cannot be questioned - however you have to look at the on field tactics the warriors have stuck to this season - too much slow ball from the set piece and the breakdown - just look at how quick Danny Care or Ben Youngs move the ball away - we kick away far too much possession and little or no penetration or imagination in the centres - all the above could be why we have lost so many talented home grown players to higher placed clubs - afterall if a aspiring player want to be capped sixways is hardly the place to do it from - we nearly got Dean Ryan before hilly got the job im my opinion I would be sounding him out now - he did a superb job at Glaws - Andy Robinson??? omg he has pretty much failed in all he has done - first to go should be Charlie Little - he couldn't direct traffic never mind the warriors - #just saying
it must be remembered that Richard Hill and Nigel Redman are RFU Level 5 coaches the highest possible achievement a coach can acquire so their coaching credentials cannot be questioned - however you have to look at the on field tactics the warriors have stuck to this season - too much slow ball from the set piece and the breakdown - just look at how quick Danny Care or Ben Youngs move the ball away - we kick away far too much possession and little or no penetration or imagination in the centres - all the above could be why we have lost so many talented home grown players to higher placed clubs - afterall if a aspiring player want to be capped sixways is hardly the place to do it from - we nearly got Dean Ryan before hilly got the job im my opinion I would be sounding him out now - he did a superb job at Glaws - Andy Robinson??? omg he has pretty much failed in all he has done - first to go should be Charlie Little - he couldn't direct traffic never mind the warriors - #just saying wrfchooker
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8:23am Wed 6 Feb 13

Officer Nordburg says...

Hill must stay for next season we are making fantastic signings to replace the ones who got us relegated. Hill got given this squad when in the Championship who is going to sign for you when relegated, he got us up signed what he could, kept us up and now is moving forward.

The poor decisions from the referees resulted in 2 wins being cancelled out for a win and a draw. Against Leicester Tigers we played the best 80 minuets of rugby I have seen from a Warriors team (Been going since 1997), it was RH who got that team playing that way. Yes there are hiccups along the way not least saturday where it was dreadful. I have full confidence in RH to lead us to the top 6 next year.
Hill must stay for next season we are making fantastic signings to replace the ones who got us relegated. Hill got given this squad when in the Championship who is going to sign for you when relegated, he got us up signed what he could, kept us up and now is moving forward. The poor decisions from the referees resulted in 2 wins being cancelled out for a win and a draw. Against Leicester Tigers we played the best 80 minuets of rugby I have seen from a Warriors team (Been going since 1997), it was RH who got that team playing that way. Yes there are hiccups along the way not least saturday where it was dreadful. I have full confidence in RH to lead us to the top 6 next year. Officer Nordburg
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