Warriors coach Nathan Brown is under pressure to win half of the club’s remaining games to ensure his future after a crunch meeting with club powerbrokers.
Phil Rothfield revealed on NRL 360 that while Brown’s job is safe for the rest of the year, he needs to start winning to ensure his future beyond 2022.
“Nathan Brown is a really interesting story. He had a meeting with Cameron George and their owner Mark Robinson two weeks ago,” Rothfield said on NRL 360.
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“They told me this week. They said to him, Nathan it is not going great. You are not under pressure at the moment, but we need to see you winning some football games. You have until the end of the year to show us that you are the right guy to move forward with.
“I would think a pass mark would be winning 50 per cent of their remaining games.
“They were very open about this and they want Browny to succeed. They are happy with what he has done under the most difficult circumstances.
“The team away from home. The team away from family, but you can’t use that excuse forever.”
However, Paul Kent believes the Warriors’ relocation to Redcliffe due to Covid is not the disadvantage it is perceived to be.
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“I don’t think it is the inconvenience that everybody claims it is,” Kent said.
“They are getting rent assistance from the NRL. They are living in houses. They are not living in hotel rooms.
“They are all together. They are away from extended family, but certainly their immediate family in almost every case is with them.
“You only have to look at Covid and all the teams last year and the year before that were based in Queensland all won the title.
“It brought the groups together as far as players go.”
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Brent Read believes if the Warriors need to win half of their remaining games, then Brown might as well start packing his bags after they won just four of their first 12 matches in 2022.
“I tell you what if they expect him to win half of his games he will be out of a job at the end of the year,” Read said.
“They ain’t winning half their games. No way in the world.”
Rothfield clarified that the 50 per cent wins mark was his estimate, but the Warriors want to see some pride and commitment back in the jersey.
“I said half the games and I got a feel that was the case,” Rothfield said.
“They want to see a bit of respectability back about their football side.”
Kent pointed out that the Warriors are not the feared team they once were and need to get their edge back.
“No one is scared of them that’s the thing about the Warriors,” Kent said.
“There was a time where they were always an erratic team, but you had to be on to beat them and you knew you were going to come off the field with bruises.
“This Warriors team, not really.”
“Is it the coach’s fault? Is it the players’ fault? Is it the management’s fault?” Rothfield asked.
“I think it probably D, all of the above,” Kent replied.