Warriors assistant coach Iro and former Kiwis boss Brian McLennan are the early frontrunners to replace Ivan Cleary, who is joining Penrith next season on a three-year deal.
Kearney ruled himself out of the race as Cleary’s replacement – he is contracted to the Eels through to 2013 – and said there was “zero chance” he would seek a release.
While believing both Iro and McLennan would do a good job with the Warriors, Kearney went into bat for Iro, who is also his assistant coach with the Kiwis.
“I’m sure Tony would do a wonderful job if he was to get that position. He’s been a part of that system for a fair while and worked with a lot of the kids that have come through from the under-20s up into first grade so to me, that would be the logical choice.”