Worcester Warriors boss Dean Ryan hits out at player jibes

Ryan hits out at player jibes

Ryan hits out at player jibes

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @tomguestWN #WENsport

DEAN Ryan has hit out at criticism of his players’ commitment to the cause in the wake of the crushing loss at London Irish.

Warriors’ Aviva Premiership status is dangling by a thread following the catastrophic 22-9 defeat, which has left them cut adrift by 11 points at the foot of the table.

In the wake of the Madejski Stadium misery, outraged supporters lashed out on various social media platforms, calling the team an ‘absolute disgrace’ and saying the players ‘could not be bothered to turn up’.

Director of rugby Ryan was understandably angered by this and fired back at people ‘sitting in their mother’s back room and firing off messages on a computer’.

“I think it is unfair to question my players’ commitment,” the Warriors chief said. “I don’t think I have ever questioned a player’s commitment.

“I think, as a club, Worcester Warriors has to stop going from week to week questioning things. This team has been really tight for the last six or seven weeks, but we’re aware of where we are.

“That amount of pressure on people makes it the easiest place to go somewhere else, but I am certainly not questioning people’s commitment.

“There are a lot of people working really hard for this club to turn the corner, because we were pretty dysfunctional at the start of the season. We have one step back and everyone wants to put us in the stocks and throw mud.

“As a club, we have to get better — understand when we make mistakes, understand when we’re below par and then work hard to get better.

“But because someone can sit in their mother’s back room and fire off a message on a computer and allow that to become part of something, I find that to be something we need to move away from.”

Ryan added: “My general message to the supporters is the same as it always has been — we came here to rebuild this club and to make sure the things that have been done are not repeated.

“We’ve talked about that being a long-term project and that message is the same every single week irrespective of results.

“We understand that sometimes front-of-house doesn’t go as well as we would like it to, but that is the situation this club has put itself in and that is what we have to move away from.

“That is not a week-to-week message, it is a month-to-month and year-to-year message and, if we get better within it in the short term, then great, but in the long term we won’t make the same mistakes again.”

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6:48pm Sun 5 Jan 14

stevoe says...

Oh dear, how much longer do we have to put up with this?
Oh dear, how much longer do we have to put up with this? stevoe
  • Score: 9

9:28am Mon 6 Jan 14

Officer Nordburg says...

Dean I am sat at my own computer and I am questioning the commitment and ability of many of the players right now. I traveled to the game on Saturday and was appalled by what I saw we where sloppy, not accurate and no intensity in our biggest game of the season. However with relegation now the only possibility baring a miracle of biblical proportions we do have the chance to get rid of the players lacking both ability and commitment.
Dean I am sat at my own computer and I am questioning the commitment and ability of many of the players right now. I traveled to the game on Saturday and was appalled by what I saw we where sloppy, not accurate and no intensity in our biggest game of the season. However with relegation now the only possibility baring a miracle of biblical proportions we do have the chance to get rid of the players lacking both ability and commitment. Officer Nordburg
  • Score: 8

10:38am Mon 6 Jan 14

OmbersleyLocal says...

If you are a professional sportsman should you not be committed to be fit? The panellists on BT Sport who have won World Cup medals (Mr Healy and Mr Dalaglio ) and therefore know a lot more about rugby than most of us, have regularly commented on Worcester's lack of fitness. Given how long Mr Ryan has been there you must ask the question who's fault is that? Whilst many supporters have blamed previous management teams (Hill et al) on player recruitment and perhaps it's best no to open that box again, surely fitness has to be the responsibility of someone, and that's linked to commitment beit at the player level or indeed DoR level.

It seems to me therefore perfectly reasonable therefore to question commitment. This response as well as the local paper jibe by Mr Ryan does not serve him well. Perhaps if he adapted his responses to situations he'd be a better leader.
If you are a professional sportsman should you not be committed to be fit? The panellists on BT Sport who have won World Cup medals (Mr Healy and Mr Dalaglio ) and therefore know a lot more about rugby than most of us, have regularly commented on Worcester's lack of fitness. Given how long Mr Ryan has been there you must ask the question who's fault is that? Whilst many supporters have blamed previous management teams (Hill et al) on player recruitment and perhaps it's best no to open that box again, surely fitness has to be the responsibility of someone, and that's linked to commitment beit at the player level or indeed DoR level. It seems to me therefore perfectly reasonable therefore to question commitment. This response as well as the local paper jibe by Mr Ryan does not serve him well. Perhaps if he adapted his responses to situations he'd be a better leader. OmbersleyLocal
  • Score: 8

10:42am Mon 6 Jan 14

zx12r says...

Oops. (also written on my own computer)
Oops. (also written on my own computer) zx12r
  • Score: 2

11:13am Mon 6 Jan 14

liketoknow says...

firstclass stadium, sugardaddy owner. what is it? about 5 wins in 2 years. not very good is it?
firstclass stadium, sugardaddy owner. what is it? about 5 wins in 2 years. not very good is it? liketoknow
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Mon 6 Jan 14

BCU Kev says...

If the players are 100% committed, then why were the non-matchday 23 not at the Madjeski in what was our most pivotal game of the season? I have no problem with Jonathon Thomas exhorting the fans to travel, but that cuts both ways, and I would expect "100% committed" squad members to be travelling to support the guys on the pitch.
If the players are 100% committed, then why were the non-matchday 23 not at the Madjeski in what was our most pivotal game of the season? I have no problem with Jonathon Thomas exhorting the fans to travel, but that cuts both ways, and I would expect "100% committed" squad members to be travelling to support the guys on the pitch. BCU Kev
  • Score: 4

12:15pm Mon 6 Jan 14

amvarmalc says...

Let's all hope Jersey stay up - at least the sun should be shining when we go there next season!!
Let's all hope Jersey stay up - at least the sun should be shining when we go there next season!! amvarmalc
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Mon 6 Jan 14

zx12r says...

At Villa Park on Saturday fans were throwing their tickets at Paul Lambert after an awful display in the FA Cup, I wonder what Ryan's reaction to that would have been if he can get so upset about about a few fans using their mums computer.
At Villa Park on Saturday fans were throwing their tickets at Paul Lambert after an awful display in the FA Cup, I wonder what Ryan's reaction to that would have been if he can get so upset about about a few fans using their mums computer. zx12r
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Tue 7 Jan 14

liketoknow says...

why the criticism? we've only lost the last twelve games.
why the criticism? we've only lost the last twelve games. liketoknow
  • Score: 0

4:59pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

BCU Kev wrote:
If the players are 100% committed, then why were the non-matchday 23 not at the Madjeski in what was our most pivotal game of the season? I have no problem with Jonathon Thomas exhorting the fans to travel, but that cuts both ways, and I would expect "100% committed" squad members to be travelling to support the guys on the pitch.
There might be a number of reasons why non-matchday players were not at the game. Those suffering from injury may have had rehab to do. Those not picked might already have done a full week at the club and have been granted time off with their families. Some might have had community department/commercia
l/sponsorship engagements to attend.

Not being in Reading doesn't necessarily mean they are not committed to the cause.
[quote][p][bold]BCU Kev[/bold] wrote: If the players are 100% committed, then why were the non-matchday 23 not at the Madjeski in what was our most pivotal game of the season? I have no problem with Jonathon Thomas exhorting the fans to travel, but that cuts both ways, and I would expect "100% committed" squad members to be travelling to support the guys on the pitch.[/p][/quote]There might be a number of reasons why non-matchday players were not at the game. Those suffering from injury may have had rehab to do. Those not picked might already have done a full week at the club and have been granted time off with their families. Some might have had community department/commercia l/sponsorship engagements to attend. Not being in Reading doesn't necessarily mean they are not committed to the cause. Brummagem Bertie
  • Score: 0
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