Players cost the Warriors, not coach
WARRIORS lock Simon Mannering says the club should not sack coach Andrew McFadden after another season of underachievement for the New Zealanders.
The Warriors sit in 10th place going into Sunday's last round match with the Eels in Auckland and have no hope of making the finals.
Mannering, a 257-game veteran, said sacking McFadden would not remedy the club's problems. It was up to the players.
"I don't think changing the coach is going to help,” he said.
"We're out on the field and we've got control of what happens there.
"Us as players obviously have to do something different.”
Mannering (pictured) said he had enjoyed being freed of the extra responsibilities of being club captain this season but felt sorry for new skipper Ryan Hoffman during a turbulent first year in the role.
A week before round one, Mannering was replaced as Warriors captain after six years in charge, with Hoffman taking over.
Another disappointing finish made it difficult for Mannering to describe the year as enjoyable but the 30-year-old was pleased to put all his focus into his plaing role each week.
But he stressed he felt sorry for Hoffman in such difficult times and praised his contribution this year.
"Hoffy's done a great job all year, so I don't think he could have done too much more,” Mannering said.
"I've definitely felt for him at times because I've been through some of that stuff.
"It is harder as captain when things aren't going well, because you definitely take a lot more on your shoulders and responsibility.
"And sometimes it's not necessary but you just feel like that's the position you're in.”
Meanwhile, after missing last year's end-of-season Kiwis tour to England and the Anzac Test against Australia in May through illness and injury, the former NZ captain is excited to be in contention for the Four Nations tournament in England during November.
He said he hadn't discussed the possibility of reclaiming the national captaincy, which was shared by Issac Luke, Adam Blair and Jesse Bromwich.
"I'd be stoked to be back in the side as a player more than anything,” he said.