The USA National Team head coach, Matthew Elliott has been named head coach of the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL in Australia.The Warriors say they got the man they wanted after the NRL club
McClennan, the former Kiwis coach, paid the price for the Warriors' fall to near the foot of the table after having been 2011 grand finalists. A number of candidates were linked with the vacancy, including Melbourne premiership-winner Craig Bellamy and Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens, who was axed by the Wests Tigers last month.
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah says the club went through an intensive procedure involving more than 10 candidates and "we got the man that shone right through that process''.
"We said we would look at every available
"Contrary to reports in the newspaper, Matthew is not the last man standing. Matthew was the person we wanted and the person we got at the end of the
Scurrah quoted Warriors chairman Bill Wavish as saying Elliott "blew his socks off'' at a formal presentation with his vision for the club, right from development level.
He said only one person, whom he declined to name, pulled out of the running, "a couple of weeks ago because of another opportunity''.
The job was offered on Tuesday to Elliott, who agreed to the deal the same day.
Elliott enjoyed success in the English Super League with Bradford, before moving to the Raiders and then the Panthers, where he was replaced at the end of 2011 by former Warriors coach Ivan Cleary. This year he served as an assistant coach at Sydney Roosters under Brian Smith.
Scurrah said the 47-year-old Queenslander would assume the role of not just head coach, but be effectively "CEO of football'', putting together the structure for all football at the club.
Scurrah also said Elliott would be supported by the biggest investment made in the club's history, thanks to the backing of co-owners Owen Glenn and Eric Watson.
"We are going to resource the club like never before,'' he said.
Elliott said he was "over the moon'' about being in a position he had never been in before.
While there were outstanding coaches in the NRL, he said the two best-resourced teams in the competition, Melbourne and Canterbury Bankstown, played in the grand final.
While winning the premiership title was the ultimate goal, he also saw the opportunity for sustained success at the Warriors over a period of time.
"You have a unique talent pool here,'' Elliott said.
"You have a way of playing rugby league that also sits in the unique bracket. It's pretty exciting.''
Meanwhile, Glenn, who became a co-owner in mid-year, admitted to not knowing who Elliott was when the search for a new coach began.
But the multi-millionaire businessman was convinced the Warriors had hired the best man for the job and urged the media to "give him a fair go''.
It is expected that Elliott will contiue in his role as the head of the USA team coaching staff for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup!