Warriors' McFadden must keep vultures at bay

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:04 09/04/2014
Andrew McFadden
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OVER TO YOU, COACH: Rookie head coach Andrew McFadden will take on the huge task of correcting the Warriors' inconsistent form and setting the side on the road to the finals.

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With Andrew McFadden yet to get his feet comfortably under the desk and arrange the family photos on top of it, vultures are already circling.

There's an old saying that there are two types of coaches in professional sport, those who have been sacked and those who are about to be sacked and there are plenty in the first category who will hope McFadden moves into it soon.

As the rumour mill was swirling on Sunday night about Matt Elliott's demise, Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah's phone was ringing red hot from other coaches giving him a call 'just to say hi'.

McFadden has been installed as caretaker coach until the end of the season, although that doesn't mean he'll still be there in round 26 if everything goes disastrous.

Scurrah, hopes things work out with McFadden and he can keep him beyond next year, although by not offering him a longer contract he's being cautious, as well as opening up the possibility of McFadden being nabbed by a rival club.

First out of the blocks to openly state he wants the Warriors job is Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens' agent.

"I will certainly be putting his name forward if the Warriors are seeking candidates," Wayne Beavis told Australian media.

"Tim would be an ideal candidate and would bring experience and solidarity. He is the current Australian coach and a four-time premiership-winning coach."

Sheens was in the hunt for the job last time it was available following his acrimonious split from the Tigers, but lost out to Elliott.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane's name has been thrown around, partly because he has been so successful in England and partly because he is good friends with the Warriors general manager of football operations, Dean Bell.

However, Fairfax Media has been told that Wane is committed to Wigan for two more years.

Tony Iro's name has also been mentioned, but he appears to be happy as general manager of high performance at the NZRL.

Neil Henry, who was harshly let go by the Cowboys last year is another potential contender, as is Roosters' assistant coach Jason Taylor, who has previously had experience as head coach with that club and the Eels.

Rumours of who may get the job long term will run throughout the year, which won't be of much help to McFadden or the players, but that's the situation the club has got itself into.

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