Four-time premiership-winning coach Tim Sheens could be in charge of the Warriors within the next fortnight, reports out of Australia are suggesting.
Sydney's Sun Herald is today reporting that both the Warriors and St George Illawarra are interested in signing the former Wests Tigers mentor.
Fairfax has been told Sheens could be at the helm of either club in two weeks. Both started the season in poor form, putting pressure on Steve Price at the Dragons and Matthew Elliott in Auckland.
Sheens is still being paid by the Tigers after reaching an agreement in the off-season in which he no longer had a role with the team after Mick Potter was recruited from the English Super League.
Price is in the second season of a two-year deal and St George Illawarra made no secret of their desire to replace him with Craig Bellamy, before the Storm coach decided to stay put.
The Dragons have had a lacklustre season start, with defeats to Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.
Elliott, who enjoyed mixed success at Canberra and Penrith, was a controversial selection to coach the Warriors this season. Players publicly expressed their desire for interim coach Tony Iro to get the job after Brian McClennan parted ways with the club late last season.
It would be a big call to dump Elliott so early into the season, but co-owners Eric Watson and Sir Owen Glenn invested substantial finances in the club in the past six months and are expecting to see some return in their investment.
Two weeks ago Elliott said he believed the owners would allow him to make the Warriors a winning team again. "I am 100 per cent confident in that," said Elliott, who has coached Bradford, the Raiders and the Panthers.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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