Alan Tait takes swipe at former Falcons players

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Former Edinburgh and Scotland star Alan Tait has opened up on losing an English Premiership coaching post at Newcastle.

Tait left his position as head coach of the Falcons in January 2012, with club owner Semore Kurdi unhappy following a series of poor results. He told the Newcastle Chronicle: “The previous owner had unrealistic goals on a ridiculous budget which you could never make work.

“Some of the comments from senior players saying things were much better after I left – some of those lads need to have a good hard look at themselves. I gave them the freedom to play rugby but some were more interested in seeing what they could get from the new owner and what money they could take out of the club.”

As he settles into a new talent development role with Scottish Rugby, Tait said: “I am basically floating round all the national age-group sides from 16 to 20, and working with the academy boys. It is going well.”

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