Ryan: Relegation had to happen
May 4, 2014
Dean Ryan has vowed to return Worcester to the Aviva Premiership as a stronger club © Getty Images
Worcester's relegation from the Aviva Premiership is part of a rebuilding project that "had to happen" for the good of the club, according to director of rugby Dean Ryan.
The Warriors were relegated after a 44-20 defeat by the league leaders at Allianz Park on Saturday, but Ryan has vowed to use the time in the Championship to "grow a proper rugby club" after the disappointment of the current campaign.
Explaining the rebuilding project a Sixways, Ryan said: "This club has not gone about its business in the right way for a long, long time. What happened to this club had to happen.
"I'm incredibly proud of the 20 or 25 people who have been working hard for the past two or three months. It's clear the improvements they've made and how they feel about the club. The people coming in are going to add to that.
"We're going to try and grow a proper rugby club, one that puts resources in the right area and trusts its academy. We're in the Championship and that's going to drive us on, because that's going to hurt."
"There's some big players in that changing room, that it's going to hurt. It will hurt egos, it will test humility and everything else."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Raymond van Barneveld cruised into the second round of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday with a 3-0 win over Rowby-John Rodriguez
The Scarlets have announced new deals for Wales internationals Liam Williams and Ken Owens
Bath have announced the signing of Fiji international scrum-half Niko Matawalu from Glasgow Warriors
Goodwood racecourse has signed the biggest single sponsorship deal in British horseracing history - reportedly worth £2 million a year over the next decade
Ander Herrera missed Manchester United's draw at Aston Villa with a muscle injury but is confident he will not be sidelined for long as his side enter the busy festive period