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Playoff failure will make Wayne Scurrah quit

AARON LAWTON
Last updated 16:52 12/04/2014

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Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah will quit if the embattled franchise does not reach this season's NRL playoffs.

Club owner Eric Watson told Fairfax that Scurrah had offered his resignation last year after an under-performing season and he had refused it. But if the Warriors missed the top eight finals again this year, this time he would accept it.

"He absolutely has my backing," Watson said when asked if Scurrah retained his confidence.

"At the end of last season Wayne said the club hadn't delivered, that he was as accountable as anybody and said he was happy to tender his resignation.

"I said I appreciated it but it's pretty hard to find great CEOs, (and) even harder to find great coaches.  I've had a lot of difficulty with a number of senior executives who get seduced by the parts of the sport where the media creates this massive opportunity for the spotlight.

"Wayne has never tried to glamorise himself in the media.  He has stayed on course but, quite frankly, he will resign this year if we don't make the playoffs.  Hopefully we will have a great year but if we don't we will be accepting that resignation."

Scurrah, the longest serving CEO in the Warriors' turbulent 20-year history, has been a lightning rod for fans upset over the latest saga to strike the club with many blaming him for Matt Elliott joining a procession of head coaches shown the door during his tenure. 

"I told Eric at the start of the season I'd resign if we don't make the finals. I didn't need Eric to tell me that," Scurrah said.


"I did offer to resign at the end of the season. But I think we will make the finals this year and the club is in much better shape than many people are saying."

Watson also vowed to get more "hands-on" with the club and would not hesitate to make tough decisions.

 

 

"I've told you what will happen to Wayne," he said. "You saw what happened with Matt (Elliott) and, quite frankly, I'll keep going until I get the right organisation. It has my attention much more than it's had for 10 years." 

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