Justin Langer has no illusions as to the culture problems he is inheriting taking over as West Australian coach, but believes the key to achieving success on the field is turning the squad into model citizens off it.
Langer, one of WA's all-time great state and Test batsmen, will return home to coach the Sheffield Shield, one-day and Perth Scorchers Twenty20 side after a turbulent period blighted by off-field woes.
Results on the field haven't been there either with the Scorchers performing poorly at the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa and the Warriors losing their first three Shield matches.
However, Langer is coming into the job with his own set of non-negotiable values to create the culture he feels is necessary to get what he dearly wants for WA cricket on and off the field.
"We have to work hard because I have never met anyone who is successful in anything without working hard," Langer said.
"We have to speak honestly to each other because, if you lose trust by not speaking honestly, there's trouble and we are going to celebrate success. It's very important that you do reward hard work and doing well as a team and individually.
"We have to earn respect back by playing hard on the cricket field and by being model citizens off the cricket field. We have to respect the past and Western Australia is a very proud cricket state. That's why a lot of people are bleeding right now."
Langer will make it a focus to help the players become better people before turning his attention to results on the field, knowing full well the reputation the squad have acquired.
"We are on drugs, we are drinking and playing poor cricket - I've heard it all before so is there a culture issue? Yes, it's something we need to look at and be strong with," Langer said.
"Perception is reality. Whether the guys like it or not or if they think they are being picked on, the perception out there is that we are a bit of a shambles.
"There's more to life than just playing cricket. The champions I know are not only good at what they do, but are also great people, so that's very important."
Australian coach Mickey Arthur, who has worked with Langer in the national team and also has a connection to WA having previously coached the Warriors, has no doubt the former Test opener will do an outstanding job.
"I think Justin will go very well and I'm very happy to see him return to WA," Arthur said.
"Justin's been outstanding. I've been very, very impressed with the way he's gone about his business. He's very professional, he plans very well and his work ethic is as good as I've seen. He brings a huge amount of integrity to any dressing room he's in."