Mannering happy with appointment of Elliott

Simon Mannering (centre)
Simon Mannering (centre) Getty Images Sport - Quinn Rooney

WARRIORS captain Simon Mannering has bought into the debate about Matt Elliott's appointment as coach, saying while he understood the players were unhappy that long-time assistant Tony Iro had missed out, it was time to move on.

"I'm thankful that it has come to an end and Matt Elliott is the coach for next year. As players and a coach we are both striving to have a successful club," Mannering said.

"He's a seasoned coach and obviously got the job for a reason. I'm sure the people that appointed him saw a lot of positives and could see a match there for our club.

"I'm sure it will work out ... it's just natural for the boys to feel a few emotions towards Sponge (Iro)."

Mannering, who has captained the club since taking over from Steve Price in 2010, said he would be happy to stand aside if Elliott thought there was a better candidate to lead the team in 2013.

"Whatever is best for the Warriors, that is what I want. If that means me not being captain next year so be it," Mannering said.

"That has got to be the mindset for all players - you do what is best for the club whether it is for your own benefit or not."

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