Iro given space to decide on assistant role

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 08:41 21/10/2012
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UNDECIDED: Tony Iro has still not decided on his future with the Warriors.

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Tony Iro has been given space to decide if he wants to continue as an assistant coach with the Warriors.

Iro met new head coach Matt Elliott and chief executive Wayne Scurrah during the week to discuss his future. Elliott and Scurrah want Iro to stay involved but stressed they would not pressure him for a quick decision.

"Tony has a decision to make and I'm really respectful of that,'' Elliott said.

''I'm certainly going to give him the time he needs to make that decision. I had a really good conversation with Tony. I guess all the reports I had internally and from people I trust, they were reinforced. He's a really high quality human being and someone who obviously has some real coaching ability."

Disappointed at missing out on the top job, Iro has other offers to consider. He has two years to run on his current contract. Elliott said he was looking at the make-up of his coaching team but was "in a holding pattern" because Iro's decision "would impact down the line".

Simon Mannering looks set to retain the Warriors captaincy if the first impressions of Elliott hold true.

Elliott will have his feet under his desk at Warriors HQ permanently from tomorrow working through more logistics before the start of pre-season training on November 5.

Elliott has already had informal discussions with "about 15 of the players" and naturally was extra keen to catch up with Mannering.

Does he still see the versatile player as the man to lead the side into 2013?

"The short answer ... is there doesn't seem to need to be a change there," Elliott said.

"But I'm going to be better placed to comment on that as we get to the back end of the pre-season. Preseason is a time when everyone gets to show some leadership. So we'll have a really clear idea about those decisions and who is going to put their hand up there.

''But, in saying that, all the feedback I've got has really endorsed that Simon is the right person and that I'm going to see that's the case during the pre-season process. I'm sort of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'."

Elliott likes the feel of what he has inherited on the playing front and that goes for the whole Warriors set-up he has encountered so far.

"It's been fantastic,'' he said. ''Everyone that works for the club is so passionate about the club. I haven't had one snag. I'm getting nothing but yeses at the moment.

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"People at the club really care and what I've been exposed to from fans coming in and buying memberships to people who just bump into you down the street, has reinforced that. It's almost been overwhelming."

- D Scene

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