Dean Ryan feels he has unfinished business after taking over as Director of Rugby at Worcester
Dean Ryan feels he has unfinished business in the game after taking over as Worcester Director of Rugby.
Last Updated: 19/04/13 12:47pm
Ryan, 46, has not been involved in the Premiership since spending four years as head coach at Gloucester from 2005 to 2009, but he told the Rugby Club on Sky Sports 1 that a spell with Scotland during this season's Six Nations sparked his interest again having become disillusioned with the sport.
"I honestly didn't think I would go back," he said. "I think over the years it was no secret I fell out of love with the game a little bit. I lost confidence in my final year at Gloucester.
"But time is a healer and the opportunity to work with Scotland lit a few fires and raised a few questions in my head that I hadn't considered.
"There is something burning inside. I like competing and that means putting yourself in the firing line and taking on the challenge."
Ryan will begin his new role with the Warriors after their final game of the season against London Welsh and he admits it will be difficult to balance short-term success with long-term ambition.
"The expectations are long-term," he added. "They have to be. The danger is you get so focused on the short-term that it compromises where you're trying to get.
"You've got to try and break the cycle. That's not easy because the best players don't necessarily want to come. You have to find a way out of the cycle while maintaining league position.
"I've never pretended to be a coach that will come in with a magical formula that will rejuvenate Worcester. It will be hard work. It's about changing some of the recruitment, accelerating some of the youngsters.
"You have to invest in youth to get your own products through, you have to import some talent to make sure you stay in the Premiership. It's about getting the balance right."