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Kemp hanging in with tail-end Warriors

By Robert Lowe of NZPA 26/08/2005 05:52:31 AM Comments (0)

Coach Tony Kemp, whose position at the New Zealand Warriors is under review, said he hoped to be back at the helm of the National Rugby League club next season.

The Warriors are away to Manly on Saturday night for their last match of the season, having missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.

They announced on Thursday that chief executive Mick Watson was leaving his job, a decision that Kemp said came as "a bit of a surprise" to many at the club.

But Kemp, who took over as coach after the sudden departure of Daniel Anderson in the middle of last season, wasn't looking to follow suit.

Instead, he wanted to see out his contract, which had a year to run.

"This review process has to take place and we will see the outcome of that," he said.

"I'm still looking forward to working with the team next year."

Of Watson, Kemp said he was the person who gave him the chance to be Anderson's assistant in late 2000 and who also handed him the reins when Anderson left.

"I'll remember that and also the good times he brought to the club," Kemp said.

"We went to the finals in the first three years and we also went the grand final."

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