Warriors co-owner Sir Owen Glenn says he won't meddle with new coach Matt Elliott despite admitting playing a key role in removing Brian McClennan from the role last year.
"We had to sort the problems we had last year, and we had to take a firm hand to that," Glenn said. "We were just on the wrong track for reasons that everyone knows and we had to make the tough decision and replace the coach.
"We have a new culture now as far as training and self discipline is concerned and all of those things count. ‘I think we're coming into this [season] with all the attention to detail that was necessary and Matt has brought that in as coach."
Glenn says he will not interfere with Elliott's planning, or allow others to.
"It is human nature. Owners or old players tend to say ‘we should get rid of him' or ‘put him in there'. But he's in charge, he draws up the game plan and he's the man. We have given him the job and the responsibility so we'll stand back and watch."
Glenn said he would not be following Phoenix franchise co-owner Gareth Morgan in being proactive on tactics and on-field strategy. "They [the coaches] wouldn't take any notice of me anyway," he said.
"Matty has forgotten more about rugby league than I'll ever know about it. But I did have a say in picking him. I like him. I think he's a good bloke and he's brought a team. That's what it's all about, team building, even in coaching.
"Whether we have the right combinations now that we've got everyone fit is another thing and we'll discover that game by game.
"I said to the boys before Christmas: ‘Every game has to be treated like a grand final and we've got to try to win every game.' "
- © Fairfax NZ News
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