Warrington Wolves Chief Executive opens up on abuse and “unpleasant experience”

Warrington Wolves are one of the biggest clubs in Super League and have contested four Grand Finals.

In the eyes of many it is remarkable that they haven’t won a Super League title yet and the arrival of Daryl Powell was bigged up as the final step Warrington needed to take to become Super League Champions.

They won the first game of the season against Leeds Rhinos but things got tough for the Wolves as they clearly entered a period of transition.

Powell was put under plenty of pressure but so was the rest of the club including Chief Executive Karl Pitzpatrick.

Speaking on the Growth Hub podcast, Fitzpatrick opened up on the abuse he got including an “unpleasant experience.”

He said: “Last season, we had some really tough days where we were being perceived to be one of the top four clubs in Super League and we finished next to the bottom of the table.

“There is a lot of expectation at our club and rightly so because of the investment that goes into it. There were a lot of games last year where you were subject to a lot of abuse whether online or to my face at times.

“There was a game at Hull KR, it was an unpleasant experience because 15 minutes in we were 20 points down and the crowd is chanting for me to be sacked.”

He was able to deal with it though as he opened up on what allowed him to deal with this:

“If I wasn’t looking after myself on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual perspective, I think I could have been in a really difficult position there. But I could handle it because I had those in place.”

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