AS a new era begins at Warrington Wolves, chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick has been reflecting on what went before.

And he admits that, over the four seasons of Steve Price's reign as head coach, there are things both men would have done differently.

In February, Price announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the 2021 season and departed having won the Challenge Cup in 2019 but a Super League title continues to elude The Wire.

Having lost the Grand Final to Wigan back in 2018, the team have crashed out of the play-offs at the first hurdle in each of the past three seasons.

Warrington Guardian:

Warrington Wolves have exited the Super League play-offs at the first hurdle in each of the past three seasons. Picture by

Consequently, both Price and Fitzpatrick came in for some fierce criticism from some sections of the fanbase.

Looking back, Fitzpatrick said: "If you look at where we were when Steve took over – we were in the Middle 8s and we weren’t in a great spot.

"We got to two finals then won the Challenge Cup so he did some good stuff, but we couldn’t quite get the main one we’ve been striving for.

"If he had his time again, he may have made some different decisions along the way.

"Although it was an improvement we didn’t quite get the job done.

"I always reflect on things I could have done differently and along the way, I suppose there is.

"In every walk of life, you always reflect and think “should I have done this? Should I have done that?”

"That doesn’t change whether we win the Treble or don’t win a game – we consistently strive to try and get better.

"Not a day goes by where I don’t think how I can improve myself and how I can improve this organisation."

As the team prepares to return to pre-season training later this month, memories of the limp 19-0 eliminator defeat to Hull KR in September will still be fresh in the mind.

Fitzpatrick admits that game was a microcosm of their recent struggles but he is confident new head coach Daryl Powell will fix the shortcomings that were so ruthlessly exposed.

"If you look at the performance in the last game, it highlighted our inability to score points," he said.

"We relied too much on individual brilliance and it showed when we didn’t deliver in that last game.

"If you look at who we’re bringing in for next year, hopefully that will address the shortcomings we’ve had over the past few years.

"Over that time, our defence has stood up and has been pretty good, but we’ve struggled on the other side of the ball.

"With the new coaching structure coming in, what they bring will hopefully address that."

Warrington Guardian:

Karl Fitzpatrick hopes Daryl Powell's appointment as Warrington Wolves head coach will solve the team's attacking problems. Picture by Warrington Wolves