McClennan leaves Warriors job

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Brian McClennan has parted company with the New Zealand Warriors
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Brian McClennan has parted company with the New Zealand Warriors

Former Leeds boss Brian McClennan has left New Zealand Warriors by mutual agreement.

McClennan, the former New Zealand national coach who guided Leeds to the Super League crown in 2008, joined the Warriors on a two-year deal last August. But the head coach paid the price for a dismal first season in which his side won just eight out of 24 rounds in the NRL.

The 13th-placed Warriors, who are unable to reach the finals for the first time since 2009, have put McClennan's assistant Tony Iro in charge for the last two matches. A Warriors statement said: "Chief executive Wayne Scurrah said both parties had agreed on an early release in the best interests of the club."

McClennan said: "It was exciting coming into this job with the Vodafone Warriors and everyone has worked so hard to try to get the performances and results we all expected of ourselves.

"No one is more disappointed than me that things haven't worked out. I gave it my best shot. I've put my heart and soul into this and everyone has been terrific with their efforts.

"I've always said I was driving the bus and I accept accountability. It stops with me.

"For whatever reason, we haven't made the progress we all hoped for."

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