Warriors backed to hit the top-half

MANAGING director Charlie Little believes Worcester Warriors are ready to move into the top echelons of the Aviva Premiership.

The Sixways chief says settling for a bottom-half finish among English rugby’s elite has to stop and insists the infrastructure is in place to achieve that.

The players reported back for pre-season training on Monday — two-and-a-half months before the first league game — with nine new faces in the ranks, including England scrum-half Paul Hodgson and Scotland international winger Nikki Walker.

A new-look coaching team has also been assembled during the close season with Nigel Redman, Phil Vickery and Mathieu Rourre all joining.

New rugby operations director Corin Palmer arrivied on Monday, while a new academy manager is set to follow.

Head coach Richard Hill has spoken about how he believes the rugby structures are now in place to build on the infrastructure and facilities at Sixways.

It is a view echoed by Little who is convinced the club has the right team on and off the field that, coupled with a shift in attitude and culture, can finally take Warriors forward.

“There is a huge amount of excitement coming through the coaching staff, in particular at what is going to happen throughout the 2012-13 season,” he said.

“We have fantastic facilities, have built a superb backroom and administrative team and have a board of directors now in place making the right decisions.

“There will be a seismic shift in culture this season.

“For too long we have accepted our position in the bottom-half of the Premiership.

“We have shown we can win against teams like Saracens but need to be backing that up.

“The culture, mind-set, behaviours and values from top to bottom will be addressed.

“We have made positive changes during the summer and feel we will have the right people here to deliver what we want, not just in the long term but immediately throughout the entire club.”

He continued: “The new players have a strong work ethic and that is critical to achieve matchday performance. The players we have recruited have a point to prove and will work hard in training and take that onto the pitch and perform.

“A lot of time and investment has been put in by our fans and we start preparations for our eighth season in the top-flight determined to move up.

“For too long we have been considered a club with potential. We need to realise that and our supporters deserve that success.”

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11:07am Thu 14 Jun 12

Ted Elgar says...

...and the supporters need to stop mithering and get behind the team.
If I see any more **** about the quality of the signings I swear it will be too soon.
They all whinged about Blair Cowan, and the guy is a legend. Get behind your local team and stop being so negative.. and think of some new songs for God's sake.
...and the supporters need to stop mithering and get behind the team. If I see any more **** about the quality of the signings I swear it will be too soon. They all whinged about Blair Cowan, and the guy is a legend. Get behind your local team and stop being so negative.. and think of some new songs for God's sake. Ted Elgar

11:34am Thu 14 Jun 12

neilc says...

Another fantastic article Tom.

Well said Ted. Totally agree.
Another fantastic article Tom. Well said Ted. Totally agree. neilc

3:13pm Thu 14 Jun 12

zx12r says...

Charlie, will you resign when they finish where we all know they will.
Charlie, will you resign when they finish where we all know they will. zx12r

5:08pm Thu 14 Jun 12

dulon says...

I am struggling to convince myself that it is worth buying a season ticket . Last years hype was enough to convince me and yet I was desperately disappointed at some of the performances to such an extent that I vowed I wouldnt buy another !
I am struggling to convince myself that it is worth buying a season ticket . Last years hype was enough to convince me and yet I was desperately disappointed at some of the performances to such an extent that I vowed I wouldnt buy another ! dulon

6:59pm Thu 14 Jun 12

zx12r says...

You & a lot of others dulon, the tripe/hype that comes from Mr Little would float a balloon from Pitchcroft.
Every years the same.
You & a lot of others dulon, the tripe/hype that comes from Mr Little would float a balloon from Pitchcroft. Every years the same. zx12r

10:06am Mon 18 Jun 12

Ted Elgar says...

What do you saddos do in your spair time? Support the Villa?
Charlie may be prone to hyperbole, but better that than chronic whingeing..
What do you saddos do in your spair time? Support the Villa? Charlie may be prone to hyperbole, but better that than chronic whingeing.. Ted Elgar

12:07pm Mon 18 Jun 12

zx12r says...

A friend of Mr Little's, now there's a rarity, funny enough I do go to Villa Park as well as Sixways.
I have supported both codes since I played both at school. The cost of a season ticket at Villa is less than half the price of one at Sixways, plus you get 19 games as opposed to only 11 at Worcester.
Last season I watched total rubbish at both grounds, although the one without the 'hype' I expect to be a lot better this year.
A friend of Mr Little's, now there's a rarity, funny enough I do go to Villa Park as well as Sixways. I have supported both codes since I played both at school. The cost of a season ticket at Villa is less than half the price of one at Sixways, plus you get 19 games as opposed to only 11 at Worcester. Last season I watched total rubbish at both grounds, although the one without the 'hype' I expect to be a lot better this year. zx12r

3:48pm Tue 19 Jun 12

dulon says...

It is somewhat disturbing that people are dismissive of criticism and refuse to accept another point of view.
The greatest exponent of this type of policy were the nazis and their zero tolerance of criticism. The purpose of this forum is the platform to air our views . If you dont agree then perhaps you could come up with a reasoned argument that would convince me that I should part with my hard earned cash .
Insults will not help.
It is somewhat disturbing that people are dismissive of criticism and refuse to accept another point of view. The greatest exponent of this type of policy were the nazis and their zero tolerance of criticism. The purpose of this forum is the platform to air our views . If you dont agree then perhaps you could come up with a reasoned argument that would convince me that I should part with my hard earned cash . Insults will not help. dulon

4:56pm Tue 19 Jun 12

zx12r says...

Could not agree more 'dulon', but remember every club must have it's die-hards like Mr Elgar, you know them that will turn up just to watch the shirts dry, hang on every word from Mr Little believing it to be the truth, have not got a clue what they are watching & conveniently forget that every year we sell our best young players & replace them with 30+ something 'has beens',
Struggle, you bet we will. No season ticket for me this season I will just pick my games.
Could not agree more 'dulon', but remember every club must have it's die-hards like Mr Elgar, you know them that will turn up just to watch the shirts dry, hang on every word from Mr Little believing it to be the truth, have not got a clue what they are watching & conveniently forget that every year we sell our best young players & replace them with 30+ something 'has beens', Struggle, you bet we will. No season ticket for me this season I will just pick my games. zx12r

2:13pm Wed 20 Jun 12

Ted Elgar says...

It's not about accepting everything Charlie says - I am sick of sections of the Warriors support being so negative. I started supporting WRFC from the point of view of a staff member who went on to enjoy the rugby.
They are perrenial under-achievers and that is part of the DNA now, but instead of fans being stoic they just seem to get more and more negative.
Of course Charlie is going to big-up their chances, but is it really necessary to get on every forum out there, which the players probably read, and exude bile?
Also, I dont see Charlie so much as a Himmler figure but more like Muhammed Saeed the former Iraqi information minister? Just a thought.
-Long live the glorious Chairman. May he smite his enemies and may their wingers be struck down with knee injuries in mid-October. God willing.
It's not about accepting everything Charlie says - I am sick of sections of the Warriors support being so negative. I started supporting WRFC from the point of view of a staff member who went on to enjoy the rugby. They are perrenial under-achievers and that is part of the DNA now, but instead of fans being stoic they just seem to get more and more negative. Of course Charlie is going to big-up their chances, but is it really necessary to get on every forum out there, which the players probably read, and exude bile? Also, I dont see Charlie so much as a Himmler figure but more like Muhammed Saeed the former Iraqi information minister? Just a thought. -Long live the glorious Chairman. May he smite his enemies and may their wingers be struck down with knee injuries in mid-October. God willing. Ted Elgar

9:12pm Wed 20 Jun 12

zx12r says...

What wingers, one's gone to France & the other's gone to Leicester.
As you know Worcester start their training at least a month before any other Premiership club, always have done & as per usual will have at least 3 or 4 main players injured before the season starts. So it wont have to be the chairman who needs to strike them down, they will do it themselves.
No World Cup to hide behind this year either, no easy points until the Six Nations.
What wingers, one's gone to France & the other's gone to Leicester. As you know Worcester start their training at least a month before any other Premiership club, always have done & as per usual will have at least 3 or 4 main players injured before the season starts. So it wont have to be the chairman who needs to strike them down, they will do it themselves. No World Cup to hide behind this year either, no easy points until the Six Nations. zx12r

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