Cullen Sports chairman Maurice Kidd today named Ivan Cleary as the new Vodafone Warriors head coach.
He replaces 2004-05 head coach Tony Kemp following a review of the club�s 2005 NRL season.
Football development manager John Ackland has been appointed the new assistant coach while Kevin Campion completes the coaching team as skills coach.
�As a result of the review we have put in place a structure which best-suits the club�s needs to have us performing consistently at the highest level,� said Kidd.
�With Ivan as head coach, supported by John, this is the structure to take us forward.� Kidd said the review conducted over the last two weeks had produced a number of findings and recommendations which were presented to and endorsed by the Cullen Sports board yesterday.
The outcome of the review has led to the following structure and appointments: � Head coach � Ivan Cleary � Assistant coach � John Ackland � Skills coach � Kevin Campion � Head conditioner � Keir Hansen � Football manager � Don Mann � Medical director � John Mayhew � Physiotherapist � Jude Spiers
Campion will also fill the role of trainer while Hansen will double as the football department�s video analyst.
With Cleary (34) stepping up, Ackland (47) has been promoted as the new assistant coach and will continue to oversee the club�s development programme. Tony Iro has been appointed development coach of the club�s Allied Workforce junior elite squad and will also work closely with schools.
Kidd said the Cullen Sports board was delighted with the combined coaching talents Cleary and Ackland provided. �We believe Ivan has all the ability to be a first-class coach and we�re keen to give him that opportunity and to give him every support we can,� he said.
�John has had considerable coaching experience with the Warriors in the past, both at under-19 and reserve grade level. He also coached Mt Albert to the Bartercard Cup title in 2002 and has proven himself to be a very good judge in spotting new talent. His other strength is that he provides a strong connection with the game locally. That�s important to us as we re-establish our relationships with local league.� While excited about the new line-up, Kidd said the board was grateful to Kemp.
�We appreciate the job Tony did for us,� he said. �He came in under trying circumstances last year and we achieved a lot of good things under Tony. But while the team improved in a number of areas this year we still didn�t have the success our stakeholders and fans expect.�
In endorsing the new structure, Kidd said the board had additionally asked board member John Hart to take on additional responsibilities as executive director of football. �In this position he will help and mentor the coaching staff using his background in human resource management and coaching at the highest level.�
New Vodafone Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah had the opportunity to consider the coaching review and participate in the final decision-making process to agree on the new structure. He said he looked forward to beginning work on the 2006 season with Cleary and his team.