DIRECTOR of rugby Gary Gold has revealed he is closer to making a decision on his future with Warriors but insists he still has a job to do before he can talk about next season.
The Worcester chief, who was appointed by the club in February until the end of the current Aviva Premiership campaign, has guided Warriors away from relegation, having picked up two wins and four losing bonus points across six games.
Gold admits he has been ‘pleasantly surprised’ with the squad he has taken on and hopes, if he was to leave in the summer, that the Sixways side continue to play with the same level of intensity required to compete with top teams.
“I’m closer (on deciding the future), but I still have to focus on my job right now. We’re not in the clear yet, so I just want to see how the next couple of weeks go,” said Gold.
“My first job is to try and help the club stay in the Premiership for next season. I’m sure once that’s taken care of then we’ll be OK to talk about next season.
“I think there’s amazing potential here. I thought these guys were a pretty good bunch of players, but I didn’t realise how good they could potentially be. I’ve been really pleasantly surprised with their individual skill levels.
“I never thought there was an issue here. I think there was an issue off the field with dynamics, but the coaches have put in a great effort. There are areas that need improving, but those improvements aren’t going to happen overnight.
“It’ll take months as you have to eradicate bad habits in order to create new and better habits, so it’s a work in progress. If I don’t stay here next year, I would really like to have left a marked improvement that gives the club a good footing whatever league they are playing in.”
The former Springboks assistant coach believes there does not need to be an overhaul of the squad during the off-season.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, but I think the guys have definitely applied themselves. The standards that have been asked of them since I’ve been here have been pretty high and have probably caused a bit of a shock to the system,” he added.
“But they just need to continue the same level of intensity that’s required to compete with the top teams. There doesn’t need to be a huge amount of change within the squad, just a lot of hard work.”