Warriors squad is not up to scratch

Worcester News: Warriors squad is not up to scratch Warriors squad is not up to scratch

IT’s all well and good heaping praise on Warriors for their valiant failure against Wasps, but it was exactly that – a failure.

Not only that, it was the club’s 22nd league failure in a row and you can make all the excuses you like for why they haven’t won in so long, but the simple answer is the current squad isn’t good enough.

That may sound harsh to the ‘rose-tinted’ section of the club’s fanbase, and there are certainly plenty of players within the Worcester set-up who are more than good enough to grace the Aviva Premiership, but unfortunately for them the league table doesn’t lie.

Rotherham hold the unwanted record for the most consecutive top-flight losses with 30, but Warriors get closer by the week and, on current form, could easily become only the second team – after Titans in 2003-04 – to go through an entire Premiership season losing every game.

It is a good job for director of rugby Dean Ryan that the powers that be at Worcester have bought into his ‘long-term vision’ because at many other clubs, if their top man had presided over such a dire run, they would have been out on their ear long ago.

You can’t deny there is a massive rebuilding job under way at Sixways, but that will now almost certainly involve another year of consolidation in the Championship after the latest gut-wrenching tale of woe to befall the downtrodden club.

Under Ryan’s predecessor, Richard Hill, Worcester were often a rudderless ship that lurched from one disaster to the next.

There’s a new man at the helm of the Titanic but, like the famous ‘unsinkable’ vessel, Warriors look to be sinking fast.

Although Worcester were regularly woeful under Hill’s guidance, at least they occasionally won a game.

It was written in the stars that Andy Goode would have the final say when Wasps came to town and he did just that by slotting the simple conversion from the final kick of the match to drive the cruellest of daggers deep into the heart of his former club.

If he’d had his way, Goode would still have been at Sixways this season and, with his metronomic boot, it is more than likely Warriors wouldn’t be in this dreadful predicament.

It was Hill’s decision not to offer the former England fly-half a new deal, only for the head coach to subsequently be sacked and replaced by Ryan, who has – on paper at least – fared much worse in the Sixways hot seat.

It is therefore easy to imagine the nuggety ex-England scrum-half, who is now in charge of French second-division outfit Rouen, allowing himself a wry smile over a nice glass of vin rouge and thinking that maybe things didn’t turn out so badly after all.

It is now well over a year since Worcester won an Aviva Premiership match – the last time they tasted success was the 29-23 victory over Wasps at Sixways on March 1 last year.

The Adams Park side were also on the receiving end when Warriors last won an away match in the league, way back on New Year’s Day 2012.

All things considered, it is a miserable time to be a Warriors fan. Roll on the cricket season...

AT A GLANCE 6m: Pennell pen 3-0 29m: Goode pen 3-3 43m: Goode pen 3-6 54m: Betty try 8-6 64m: Lamb pen 11-6 80m: Cooper-Woolley try 11-11 80m: Goode con 11-13

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6:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

zx12r says...

Thanks Tom, could not have been written better, the whole thing is a total shambles.
Thanks Tom, could not have been written better, the whole thing is a total shambles. zx12r
  • Score: 4

7:06pm Mon 24 Mar 14

The Exile 22 says...

Correct, the squad is not good enough. We need a clear out and that seems to be starting, there are a lot of players coming in, however they will take time to gel. Bristol did not have the best of starts, but they are doing well now.
Correct, the squad is not good enough. We need a clear out and that seems to be starting, there are a lot of players coming in, however they will take time to gel. Bristol did not have the best of starts, but they are doing well now. The Exile 22
  • Score: 4

9:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

jankersjoe says...

Cant the City ground share with the Warriors? At least we might see a win at Sixways now and then.
Cant the City ground share with the Warriors? At least we might see a win at Sixways now and then. jankersjoe
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Mon 24 Mar 14

jankersjoe says...

Any chance of the City ground sharing with the Warriors next season? At least we might see a win at Sixways now and again.
Any chance of the City ground sharing with the Warriors next season? At least we might see a win at Sixways now and again. jankersjoe
  • Score: 0

12:15pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bushi says...

Why is it that sport is so short term? Yes Warriors are having a nightmare season, but this isn't a shock. Look back through the Worcester News archives, Dean Ryan has never said it was going to be easy, from day one he's said he's inherited another man's squad and that it's going to take time to build the team in the style he wants and that the club needs.

Look at Harlequins, they were relegated in 2005, they re-built, developed there academy, now they have a first team full of home grown players who have grown up with the Quinns ethos. Same as Manchester United when Alex Ferguson took over, they had a lean few years and he almost lost his job, we know how that story turned out. As soon as Chelsea lose a trophy there's a new Manager, who comes in with a new strategy - Nothing has chance to gell.

The club, not just Dean Ryan have a five year plan, they know that it doesn't happen over night. We've been in the top flight for 11 years (apart from 1 year) and we've always been looking short term, bringing in older marquee signing at the end of their careers looking to bolster their pensions, they've not gelled with the home grown boys and we've had no team spirit, consequently we've never moved away from the relegation fight every year. Exeter came up and stayed up without entering into the relegation fight, because they had a squad that gelled, that was built together.

As much as I'd like to see the Warriors winning every game up to the end of the season, we know that's not going to happen, we'll go down, there will be a clear out of players who aren't good enough and will not fit the five year plan. That's what we need.

In my view we can judge Dean Ryan in 12 months and 24 months. If he fails to get promotion back into the premiership and fails then to keep us in the premiership.

What other options are there?
Why is it that sport is so short term? Yes Warriors are having a nightmare season, but this isn't a shock. Look back through the Worcester News archives, Dean Ryan has never said it was going to be easy, from day one he's said he's inherited another man's squad and that it's going to take time to build the team in the style he wants and that the club needs. Look at Harlequins, they were relegated in 2005, they re-built, developed there academy, now they have a first team full of home grown players who have grown up with the Quinns ethos. Same as Manchester United when Alex Ferguson took over, they had a lean few years and he almost lost his job, we know how that story turned out. As soon as Chelsea lose a trophy there's a new Manager, who comes in with a new strategy - Nothing has chance to gell. The club, not just Dean Ryan have a five year plan, they know that it doesn't happen over night. We've been in the top flight for 11 years (apart from 1 year) and we've always been looking short term, bringing in older marquee signing at the end of their careers looking to bolster their pensions, they've not gelled with the home grown boys and we've had no team spirit, consequently we've never moved away from the relegation fight every year. Exeter came up and stayed up without entering into the relegation fight, because they had a squad that gelled, that was built together. As much as I'd like to see the Warriors winning every game up to the end of the season, we know that's not going to happen, we'll go down, there will be a clear out of players who aren't good enough and will not fit the five year plan. That's what we need. In my view we can judge Dean Ryan in 12 months and 24 months. If he fails to get promotion back into the premiership and fails then to keep us in the premiership. What other options are there? Bushi
  • Score: 9

2:03pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Officer Nordburg says...

Bushi you are of course correct we have a long term plan and I for one buy into the vision but i does not alter the fact that this season we look set to be beyond woeful and some of the players have failed to hit even that low level of performance.
Bushi you are of course correct we have a long term plan and I for one buy into the vision but i does not alter the fact that this season we look set to be beyond woeful and some of the players have failed to hit even that low level of performance. Officer Nordburg
  • Score: 4

10:49am Wed 26 Mar 14

Bushi says...

Officer Nordburg wrote:
Bushi you are of course correct we have a long term plan and I for one buy into the vision but i does not alter the fact that this season we look set to be beyond woeful and some of the players have failed to hit even that low level of performance.
Totally agree with you, and I'm sure that there will be a mass clear out in the Summer, jettison the dead wood, bring in players who have something to prove, not a pension to build.

I think we will look back on this season as a turning point in the clubs fortunes. At least I flipping hope so. The fans deserve it, they put up with a lot of dross for a number of years
[quote][p][bold]Officer Nordburg[/bold] wrote: Bushi you are of course correct we have a long term plan and I for one buy into the vision but i does not alter the fact that this season we look set to be beyond woeful and some of the players have failed to hit even that low level of performance.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you, and I'm sure that there will be a mass clear out in the Summer, jettison the dead wood, bring in players who have something to prove, not a pension to build. I think we will look back on this season as a turning point in the clubs fortunes. At least I flipping hope so. The fans deserve it, they put up with a lot of dross for a number of years Bushi
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Officer Nordburg says...

The only problem is Bushi not all the dross is out of contract and no one is going to want to take those players off our hands.
The only problem is Bushi not all the dross is out of contract and no one is going to want to take those players off our hands. Officer Nordburg
  • Score: 2

3:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Bushi says...

Officer Nordburg wrote:
The only problem is Bushi not all the dross is out of contract and no one is going to want to take those players off our hands.
Rome wasn't built in a day, we won't see them playing then. As I've said earlier it's a five year plan, by then the dross should be gone.

Some say I'm overly optimistic, maybe I am, but I think I'd get very depressed if I wasn't.
[quote][p][bold]Officer Nordburg[/bold] wrote: The only problem is Bushi not all the dross is out of contract and no one is going to want to take those players off our hands.[/p][/quote]Rome wasn't built in a day, we won't see them playing then. As I've said earlier it's a five year plan, by then the dross should be gone. Some say I'm overly optimistic, maybe I am, but I think I'd get very depressed if I wasn't. Bushi
  • Score: 0

4:48pm Wed 26 Mar 14

zx12r says...

It's 10 years since we were first promoted to the Prem'. Pray tell me what happened to the first 5 year plan & then the second 5 year plan & now we have to wait for a third 5 year plan.
By my maths that will make it 15 sodding years before we see anything any good. How come Exeter managed with a 1 year plan?
It's 10 years since we were first promoted to the Prem'. Pray tell me what happened to the first 5 year plan & then the second 5 year plan & now we have to wait for a third 5 year plan. By my maths that will make it 15 sodding years before we see anything any good. How come Exeter managed with a 1 year plan? zx12r
  • Score: 3

8:33am Fri 28 Mar 14

Officer Nordburg says...

zx12r wrote:
It's 10 years since we were first promoted to the Prem'. Pray tell me what happened to the first 5 year plan & then the second 5 year plan & now we have to wait for a third 5 year plan.
By my maths that will make it 15 sodding years before we see anything any good. How come Exeter managed with a 1 year plan?
The problem is nobody had a plan it was all short term signings all short term goals and that is why we have not developed as a club.
[quote][p][bold]zx12r[/bold] wrote: It's 10 years since we were first promoted to the Prem'. Pray tell me what happened to the first 5 year plan & then the second 5 year plan & now we have to wait for a third 5 year plan. By my maths that will make it 15 sodding years before we see anything any good. How come Exeter managed with a 1 year plan?[/p][/quote]The problem is nobody had a plan it was all short term signings all short term goals and that is why we have not developed as a club. Officer Nordburg
  • Score: 0
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