Kevin Sinfield among the favourites to be the next Leicester Tigers boss - Ruck

Kevin Sinfield among the favourites to be the next Leicester Tigers boss

We review the leading candidates to succeed Dan McKellar, who departed Leicester Tigers by mutual agreement after a single season at the helm of the Premiership club.

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The 47-year-old former ACT Brumbies head coach resigned as Australia’s forwards coach to assume the position on a “long-term contract,” becoming the permanent replacement for Steve Borthwick, who departed to coach England.

However, Leicester Tigers had a disappointing season, finishing eighth in the Premiership, 11 points shy of a playoff berth. Additionally, they were eliminated by Leinster in the Investec Champions Cup round of 16 and lost to Gloucester in the Premiership Cup final.

In a statement,l Leicester said McKellar’s departure had been agreed “following extensive discussions regarding the club’s future direction”.

Favourites to replace him

#5. Martin Johnson – 40/1

The idea of the former Lions captain returning to Welford Road as a director of rugby to turn things around was a popular rumor.

However, RUCK reports that this scenario is unlikely. Johnson appears uninterested in ending his self-imposed hiatus.

After being dismissed as England manager following the disappointing 2011 World Cup campaign, which saw England eliminated by France in the quarter-finals, Johnson has remained out of the spotlight.

He has been focusing on commercial work and family time, showing no interest in re-entering the high-pressure world of domestic rugby.