Glenn wants independent review into Warriors

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:35 11/04/2014

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Warriors co-owner Sir Owen Glenn has called for an independent review of the club as his war of words with fellow owner Eric Watson continues.

The pair have has been at odds over the sacking of coach Matthew Elliott earlier in the week and now seem certain to split.

Glenn today again emphasised he wanted out because he didn't have "any confidence or trust in the management of the company".

Glenn told Radio New Zealand his relationship with Watson had "deteriorated to the point of confrontation" and claimed "Mr Watson wants total control ... dictatorship".

Moving forward he believed an independent review of the New Zealand NRL club was required.

"An external company needs to be brought in to evaluate the entire Warriors setup . . . board, management team, front office, players coaches, everything . . . to get an analytical and arms-length review in confidence, so that people will talk in confidence," he said.

Glenn said he remained angry that he wasn't consulted over the axing of Elliott despite his considerable investment, something Watson and Warriors chairman Bill Wavish dispute.

Glenn claimed that continued a trend in major decisions at the club.

"Obviously I'm up in arms," he said.

"We weren't even consulted [over] hiring [Wigan fullback] Sam Tomkins . . . there was a considerable amount of money changing hands there."

Glenn bought his half of the Warriors for just over $6 million but finding a price to exit the deal was proving difficult.

"We've been talking about this for 12 months . . . that it hasn't been working," Glenn said of his partnership with Watson at the club.

Glenn said Watson put the value of the Warriors at $30m yet Watson was only prepared to pay him $1m for his half share now.

"If he really thinks the Warriors are valued at $2m, what's he really saying?" Glenn asked of Watson's logic.

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