Clan Forum

Search Our Site

Topic-icon Coaches leaving?

  • phatguerilla
  • phatguerilla's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Platinum Boarder
  • phatguerilla.wordpress.com
More
1 month 1 week ago #68106

To lose one coach may be unfortunate, to lose two looks like carelessness.

I wasn't particularly happy to see Carolan leaving, I thought he has done a good job in his various positions but understood his position that 25 years is a long long time with a single province.

But now I see Jimmy Duffy also leaving, citing much the same reasons? the Carolan press release said he told them in advance this would be his last contract but Duffy's decision seems to have been a surprise. Maybe I'm expecting a lot but if I knew one coach was going to leave in 2021, I would perhaps contract the other to the following year to avoid this potentially happening, or is that naive?

Its sad to see two guys who have given so much to Connacht leaving, but without meaning to be callous, are there any positives to Friend potentially bringing in a new backroom team that he's selected himself? Is he going to be able to pick the best team possible during a pandemic?

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • sea_point
  • sea_point's Avatar
  • Offline
  • Moderator
  • Moderator
  • Praetorian Guard
More
1 month 1 week ago #68108

Looks like it's not within his control who is coming in either, promoting from below.

It will be very revealing who comes in as Forwards coach, but I wouldn't expect it to be anyone not coaching in Ireland currently, especially after all the money spaffed at Munster on Larkham/Rowentree and co.

Not sure that the squad are getting new voices though, which I had thought was part of the rationale...

CONNACHT RUGBY COACHING TEAM 2021-2023
Andy Friend – Head Coach
Peter Wilkins – Senior Coach
Mossy Lawler – Assistant Attack & Skills Coach
Colm Tucker – Defence & Forwards Technical Skills Coach
TBC – Forwards Coach

t.co/zqmHBq0i6z?amp=1

The following user(s) said Thank You: overstrander, phatguerilla, RoadRunnerR1

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
1 month 1 week ago #68112

I'd say there's a good mix of all the factors. Obviously there's a huge financial impact cause of covid, and you would think that lads that are in situ but at end of contract would be looking for similar terms (both money and term). If the branch couldn't offer them that at the moment, happy to try their hands elsewhere. Both lads seemed to very much leave the door open to a return in the future.

The following user(s) said Thank You: phatguerilla

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
1 week 5 days ago #68123

Any thoughts on our new Forwards Coach - South African Dewald Senekal, ex of Stade Francais?

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
1 week 5 days ago #68124

Hope he can teach them how to defend a maul...

The following user(s) said Thank You: Sol_ie

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
1 week 5 days ago #68126

Aly was on the books at Grenoble the same time. Maybe stems from then.

In any event he's our new Forwards Coach and we need to get behind him. Aly Muldowney is a club legend, but we don't need any sniping from the sidelines from ex players before the guys even starts FFS!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
1 week 5 days ago #68127

phatguerilla wrote: Aly Muldowney had strong thoughts on instagram :S


What did he say?

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
6 days 15 hours ago #68129

Comments now deleted - think it may have been some ribbing that context was lost on?!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

logo