The joy of stats
Sacked Warriors coach Matt Elliott is the ninth man to come and go from the hot seat at Mt Smart Stadium in just over 19 seasons.
How did his comparatively brief reign at the Warriors stack up relative to his predecessors?
His winning ratio of 44.83 per cent is just below the club's all-time average of 46.50 per cent and in his one full season in charge he guided the club to an 11th place finish - behind the club average of 9.48 (standardised for a 16-team competition).
Only three coaches in the history of the club have had a winning percentage of 50 per cent or more.
They are inaugural coach John Monie, who won exactly half his games in charge, Daniel Anderson whose 55.43 per cent winning ratio included the club's best ever season, 2002, when they finished first in the regular season and were grand final runners-up, and Ivan Cleary who also recorded a win ratio of 50 per cent.
Anderson and Cleary - by far the club's longest serving coach - are the clear stand-outs from the club's history.
While Cleary's winning ratio is equal to Monie's and behind Anderson's, he guided the club to four finals series in six seasons, including one grand final - no mean feat for a coach of any team in a competition as even as the NRL - and had an average finishing position of 7.94.
Since he left for the Penrith Panthers at the end of the 2011 season the Warriors have won 39.62 per cent of their games.
The chart below compares the performance of every Warriors coach since the club's inception in 1995.
- Fairfax Media
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