Aviva Premiership
Dean Ryan 'losing the thread' at Worcester
ESPN Staff
November 5, 2013
Worcester Warriors unveil Dean Ryan as their new director of rugby, Sixways, Worcester, May 7, 2013
Dean Ryan's tenure at Worcester is yet to produce a win © Getty Images

Worcester Warriors' former team manager Alun Carter has slammed Dean Ryan and called on him to give up his media profile to focus on the club.

Carter's comments have been carried by Worcester News and originate from a blog he posted on the Hadron Consultancy Services website. Carter was Wales' analyst when they scooped the 2005 Grand Slam and was manager under both Mike Ruddock and Richard Hill at Sixways.

Worcester have no wins from their opening seven matches in the Aviva Premiership after Ryan took charge at the end of last season and Carter has slammed the new coach.

In his blog, Carter said: "Dean Ryan should give up his media profile and concentrate on where he is losing the thread with Worcester Warriors. He believes in one person alone and does not appear capable of trusting any player or coach to be as good as he is or was.

"He is lost in the world of Dean Ryan, which is a very critical, analytical world that produces some really detailed views on the game of rugby union. Ryan has gone into Worcester Warriors with his eyes closed - did he think that Dean Ryan alone could make a difference?

A bizarre outburst

  • Alun Carter's comments reek of bitterness. Dean Ryan has had to deal with the cards he's been dealt at Sixways and Worcester have the best possible man for the challenge the club faces. At present, they have a team which is void of academy members and focused on immediate rewards rather than long-term planning. Ryan is trying to change this culture and will be successful if given time.

"Having worked at Sixways for five long years and knowing many of the players still involved at the Warriors, they are disparate and incapable of the cohesive performances that brought wins on Friday nights last season. There appears to be a distinct lack of trust between the director of rugby and those underneath him. Coaches and players alike will feel this and carry it heavily.

"Has Ryan been away from the Premiership scene for too long? Carl Hogg has not and neither has Shane Howarth. They are two very capable coaches and the latter has international experience that only Ryan could dream of.

"Ryan has good leaders within the team - Jonathan Thomas, Chris Pennell, Paul Warwick, Euan Murray, James Percival, Dean Schofield and the newly arrived Argentineans. Is he using them? I doubt it from the way they are playing.

"Ryan has great leadership qualities and is able to talk in detail about the game of rugby union, but that does not make him a good coach. Dean has to start trusting people around him. His rugby knowledge and ability is not in question - his ability to coach and get the best out of his charges is.

"Forget your profile Dean, ask yourself some serious questions and start caring about the club and the people within it."

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