I realise some fans get anoyed with NRL sotries in the General thread. This story is relevant because the NZ Franchsie is the face of Rugby league for an entire nation.
To give you some background, Mathew Elliiots Sacking was said to be a resignation by the CLub.
The Warriors are co owned by Billionaire Owen Glen and Multi Millionaire Eric Watson.
Eric Watson appears to have gone ahead with sacking the clubs coach without consulting Glen who has poured tens of Millions of dollars into the Club.
Has there been a bigger mess at club board level in Rugby league ?
Here's Glens press release which opened the can of worms in NZ sport within the last hour...the Radio station who reported it waited ten minutes till they could verify it wasn't a hoax.
Warriors co-owner Sir Owen Glenn has described Matthew Elliot's departure as "diabolical", saying the former head coach was pushed out of the club.
"I was sorry to hear of Matt's 'resignation'," Sir Owen said in a statement released today.
"I was sorrier still when I learned that he hadn't, in fact, walked away from the Warriors at all – he didn't jump, he was pushed. But what I am most sorry about is the dishonourable treatment of an honourable man."
Sir Owen conceded the quality of the Warriors' performances so far this season has been "disappointing".
"Saturday night in Sydney was worse than disappointing. Since I am known as someone who deplores mediocrity, I guess I would have to concede that hard questions needed to be put in the wake of the Sydney debacle – not just to the coach, but to the players and the Warriors' management team."
Sir Owen went on to say that Elliott's dismissal was not approved by the full Warriors board - including himself.
"A decision to axe a coach needs to be scrupulously considered and properly ratified. Instead, what we have here is a seeming knee-jerk decision conveyed to Matt immediately after the game, without ratification by the full board of the Warriors – or by this co-owner," Sir Owen said.
"Adding insult to injury, there appears to have been an effort to evade accountability for the decision by dressing it up as a voluntary resignation rather than calling it by its proper name. This was clearly designed to convey the impression that Matthew Elliot chose not to stay.
"The Matthew Elliot I know is not a quitter. And in view of the service he has given to the Warriors and the strength of his character, to suggest that he would walk of his own volition is disreputable."
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