DIRECTOR of rugby Gary Gold insists Warriors are not in a crisis despite failing to win a game so far this season and is confident he can ‘right the wrongs’ of the club’s first block of Premiership games.
The Worcester chief announced last week that he will leave Sixways at the end of the current campaign to become head coach of the USA, but stressed his future role will not be a distraction and wants to leave the club on a high by securing Premiership safety.
“I’m still committed to Warriors. It was important (for me) to stay at the club. The timing (to sign as head coach of the USA) was really unfortunate because we haven’t won a game,” said Gold.
“I would never want anyone to think I want to up and leave because that’s not at all the case. It was a tough decision to make as I’m enjoying the challenge here. I must stress that it’s not a distraction and my focus is still on Worcester Warriors and righting the wrongs of the last block of Premiership games.
“When things don’t go well on paper, it’s time to personally be a very strong leader and divorce yourself from the emotions, but I’m pretty bloody annoyed we haven’t won a game of rugby and so are the boys.
“We have to focus on the process and I’m not saying that as a cliché. I have to fix what I can fix, I can’t worry about things I can’t fix.
“We need to be harder on ourselves. But the caveat of that is if the guys were rolling over, capitulating or not trying, then we would have a real crisis. We don’t have a crisis, we have a problem. We’re not playing well enough to beat the opposition at the moment and we need to fix that.
“We’ll carry on fighting and now, more so than ever (after accepting USA role), I want to leave Warriors as a Premiership club,” he added.
Gold admitted he always wanted to return to international rugby, having been assistant coach of South Africa from 2008 to 2011, and is excited about taking a ‘minnow’ team to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
“It’s a massive privilege. It’ll be tough as they don’t have a huge pool of professional rugby players playing at the highest level of the game,” he added.
“But they do have a huge amount of enthusiasm and I think the potential can be magnificent. I enjoy working with underdogs so it’s a very exciting prospect to take a relatively minnow team to the World Cup in Japan.”