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Worcester Warriors fans give Dean Ryan time to rebuild
WARRIORS’ fans are prepared to keep faith with the Dean Ryan regime despite Worcester’s worrying start to the season.
A run of five successive defeats has left the Sixways side seven points adrift at the foot of the Aviva Premiership table and supporter confidence has been spiralling further downwards with every loss.
However, while elements of the club’s support are clearly irate at what’s happening on and off the field at Sixways, the overall message being projected from the fans is they are prepared to accept the short-term pain in the hope of achieving long-term gain.
We asked for the views of the Warriors faithful and Paul Gregory responded: “I am keeping the faith even though I, like so many of us, am currently massively disappointed as to how our season has started.
“Dean has gone for a fast, attacking style of rugby and proves this by sticking with the back-line as he has done each game. The problem is they are not getting the ball as they should.
“The pack is our let-down, they are not fit enough and they are not winning ball in the loose, line-out and maul as they should be.
“I’m not going to point any fingers but do have massive faith that things will change.
“Ryan is here for the long-haul and has even said it is not going to be a quick-fix situation, but more as a long-term plan.”
Another supporter, Laurie Beard, added: “We’ve had season tickets for the past five years and every year the same theme has been prevalent.
“We will continue to go because we love watching live rugby and Worcester are the local team, but others won’t because the rugby has been rubbish to watch for a long time.
“Dean has inherited a poor team and structure so it’ll take a few years to get to where Exeter, for example, are now.
“Off the field, tickets are not value for money. Why not fill the ground through schools? There is no atmosphere around the ground. What’s happened to the highlight of the day ‘Hit the bar’ at half-time?
“A bit of imagination would be good. Even the new fence by the North Stand bus stop means there is a bottleneck at the end of the game, it’s just mindless — the devil’s in the detail.”
Tim Jauncey feels the club are going in the right direction in terms of the match-day experience but says a winning team is the key to it all.
He explained: “There’s been a lot said about the match-day experience, but people always complain more when the team doesn’t win.
“Credit to the Trading Company, they are at least trying to make things better, even if they are doing so from a position of not actually knowing how to or what people want.”
For more Warriors fans’ views, see today’s Worcester News.