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Ryan reads riot act to failing stars
ENOUGH was finally enough for angry Warriors boss Dean Ryan this week as he read the riot act to his underperforming players.
The Sixways director of rugby left the squad under no illusions as to what he expects from them and insisted individuals who do not shape up will be swiftly moved out of the club.
Worcester face Harlequins at The Stoop on Saturday (3pm) exactly a year to the day since the beleaguered side last tasted victory in the Aviva Premiership.
Ryan is in no mood to tolerate a repeat of last weekend’s horror show against Sale Sharks that saw the Warriors players fail to turn up in a 24-12 home defeat.
“There are individuals here who frustrate me, but now is not the time for talking about them. There are individuals who don’t conduct themselves in a way I would deem is right,” Ryan explained.
“Everyone in this club is aware of my frustrations and we have had pretty open, frank discussions this week.
“I’ve also discussed some of my thoughts with them as I am pretty fed up of carrying that from week to week trying to get a performance only for it to drop again.
“We understand what things look like for next season and have been trying our best to get from week to week, but it hasn’t worked.
“We are leaving people under no illusions as to what we think — that either creates a response or things become very clear. The other way wasn’t working and it was creating a huge burden on the coaching team.
“It was becoming hugely wearing trying to get from week to week knowing we weren’t happy with some of the things going on. It’s been a pretty open couple of days and we’ve actually worked pretty well off the back of it.
“After last weekend’s performance, I felt it was time to be a little bit more transparent with the players, which allows us to move forward.”
Ryan added: “A lot of things needed clearing up and we’ve done that, but much contributes to what happens — the number of people who train, when they train and what for.
“It is more important there is clarity, those who want to get on are rewarded and everyone understands what it will take to stay at this club.
“We’ve done everything — we have a very good senior player group who are involved and we’ve listened to that, but it still hasn’t worked.
“Now it is just about being open and people conducting themselves in a way they want to be remembered by.
“You get remembered for all sorts of things and some of the things that happened against Sale at the weekend I am not particularly keen on being associated with.
“We’ve drawn a line under that and are going to fight like mad against Quins and try to get the group in the right space again.”