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Dean Ryan - No quick fix to Warriors' troubles
ESPN Staff
May 8, 2013
Worcester Warriors unveil Dean Ryan as their new director of rugby, Sixways, Worcester, May 7, 2013
Dean Ryan unveiled as the Warriors' new boss © Getty Images

Worcester Warriors' new director of rugby Dean Ryan has said there is "no simple answer" to turning the team into a top four side but he is relishing the chance to take charge at Sixways.

Ryan was appointed Worcester's new boss in April, replacing the outgoing Richard Hill. It was a move that saw him end his four-year hiatus away from the game after leaving Gloucester in 2009. He took on temporary control of Scotland's forwards during the Six Nations but this is his first full-time post since leaving Kingsholm.

Worcester finished eleventh in the 2012-13 season and will lose top players Matt Kvesic and Matt Mullan ahead of next term. But Ryan is excited about the challenge awaiting him at Sixways and he is looking forward to re-moulding the club.

"I am excited to be back in the game," Ryan said. "I am excited to be with Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, and I am looking forward to what is a huge challenge. Right from the outset to come back into rugby was about finding something that did excite me. In my own head I got to a place where I thought I was going to carry on with TV.

"I didn't really see a challenge that lit the fire back inside, and I think conversations with Cecil (Worcester chairman Cecil Duckworth) is something that started to do that. The opportunity here to restructure how the club goes forward was almost a challenge that, if I didn't do it, would eat me away further down the line."

Worcester won just five league games this term, and lifting them away from the Premiership's lower reaches will be Ryan's priority next season. "I don't think there is a simple answer, otherwise it would have been found before, and it would be naive to think there is," he added. "It is about breaking a cycle of operating in that bottom three or four clubs.

"I am not naive enough to throw things around and think I'm going to come in here with a magic wand. We've got to restructure the club so that as it goes forward over the years it starts to get the benefits of certain things that have been put in place."

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