McFadden: Time will tell if I remain
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden this week admitted he had no idea whether or not Sunday's match against the Eels would be his last in charge of the Kiwi club.
Now in his third season as an NRL Telstra Premiership coach, McFadden's role is sure to come under fire in coming weeks, off the back of the club dropping three-straight games in the last month to fall out of finals contention.
Ahead of the last regular season game of the year against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium, McFadden said his future remained unknown, with all of his focus on finishing 2016 with a victory.
"Time will tell, at this stage I still feel like I can contribute a lot to this club, I know I have got the support of the players, and I know that there will be questions asked at the end of the year," McFadden said.
"We will deal with [those questions] in due time, but for the moment I have just got to prepare for this game
"We have done a lot of good things this year but the results will tell us that we still fell short.
"It certainly falls on me, the responsibility is on me to get the best out of these players."
Heading into Round 26 the Warriors possess a 10-13 record, and following last week's late collapse which resulted in a 36-24 defeat to the Wests Tigers, they will miss the finals for a fifth-straight year.
Season 2016 also marks the fourth time since 2011 that the Kiwi club has lost three or more of their final four games of the season.
In discussing the year that was, McFadden acknowledged there had been errors on his behalf and said his end-of-year review would stretch across all football operations.
"Most definitely [I have made mistakes], you don't learn in this game unless you make mistakes, so I am sure I will be able to sit back and say I have made a few," McFadden said.
"But I have made a lot of good decisions as well and I am very proud of that.
"I haven't compromised, there hasn't been any self-preservation in this, I have always made the decisions in what I think is the best interests of the club, and I will continue to do that.
"I have blooded probably about 13 rookies in the last two years, some of those guys like Solomone [Kata], Albert Vete, Sam Lisone, Tui [Lolohea], they are all going to be hitting 50 games next year.
"I will certainly be looking at everything… I am discussing lots of things with (Warriors managing director) Jim [Doyle] at the moment to make sure that we get better, and I guess that will all come out in time.
"I will be looking at all our staff and reviewing all operations in the organisation, and will make the changes if we need to."
Meanwhile star halfback Shaun Johnson admitted the playing group felt they had let McFadden down this year.
"As players we knew the best way to keep 'Cappy' (McFadden) safe was to perform well for him, and I think we have done that but we have certainly let ourselves down with where we wanted to go," Johnson said.
"It's pretty simple, we didn't make the finals again.
"We are obviously very disappointed with how our season has come to an end, it has been a lot of hard work, a lot of ups and downs, but ultimately we still thought we were going to be playing finals."