Premiership bosses more vulnerable to sackings, says Rugby Coaches Association

  • Richard Cockerill became the third boss sacked in eight months on Monday
  • Leicester are fifth in the table, just five points adrift of Bath in fourth spot
  • Rob Baxter also says a “sacking culture” comparable to football
The recent spike in Premiership sackings shows a “worrying trend”, says the Rugby Coaches Association (RCA).

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter also says a “sacking culture” comparable to football is creeping into rugby union.

And, when asked whether rugby union was heading towards a hire-and-fire approach, Baxter told BBC Spotlight: “The facts state that it is.”

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill became the third boss sacked in eight months on Monday, while five left in five years before 2016.


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“It appears that coaches are a lot more vulnerable than they had been,” said RCA founder and director Richard Moon.

“There have been more – but ever more interestingly it’s when they are happening,” added  Moon. “They are tending, more recently, to happen during a season rather than at the end of a season.



“They are tending, more recently, to happen during a season rather than at the end of a season.

“As an association we are keeping an eye on these developments. More and more, if coaches are not given a reasonable and realistic chance to get to where they want to be in a season, short-termism is of real concern.”

Cockerill was sacked 12 games into the campaign with Leicester fifth in the table, just five points adrift of Bath in fourth spot.

 

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