Leicester Tigers reportedly ready to axe Richard Cockerill

  • Leicester Tigers were thrashed 38-0 by Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday
  • According to the Daily Mail, Richard Cockerill’s future as director of rugby is now ‘hanging by a thread
  • Northampton duo Jim Mallinder and Dorian West are also under pressure
Leicester Tigers Richard Cockerill is currently ‘hanging by a thread’ according to Sportsmail following his side’s humiliating 38-0 European Champions Cup thrashing by Munster last weekend.

The 45-year-old has a meeting with chairman Peter Tom last month and was given until Christmas to turn the club’s fortunes around following a lacklustre start to the campaign.

One source even insists Cockerill will go ‘within 48 hours’, although Sportsmail say they expect he could be given one more game, which is at home to Munster on Saturday.

Pressure first began to mount  on Cockerill following Tigers 42-13 defeat against Glasgow.

Another heavy defeat by the Irish province would now reportedly confirm his departure, with Leicester’s board believed to be exasperated by the manner of the two heavy Champions Cup defeats.

One well-placed source said: ‘Cockers has been a fantastic servant for Leicester but the capitulation in Munster has left him hanging on by a thread.’

Meanwhile, Northampton Saints coaching duo Jim Mallinder and Dorian West are also on the brink.

Their futures are thought to be dependent on the outcome of the Premier Rugby concussion review group’s investigation into the handling of George North’s head injury against Leicester a fortnight ago. The video still looks horrific.

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who was infamously axed after their poor showing at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has been linked with a move to midlands side. Read more here

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