Edinburgh Accies sack coaching team ahead of play-off

Jonny Else. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Jonny Else. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Edinburgh Accies have sensationally sacked coaches Jonny Else and Malcolm McVie as a crucial play-off for Premiership survival looms against Stewart’s/Melville at Lasswade on Saturday.

Bob Easson, Accies’ director of rugby and former coach, will be in charge for a match which will determine whether Accies retain top flight status ahead of a new season where plans for stadium development at Raeburn Place are expected to intensify. A source said: “Results have not gone the way Accies would have liked and Bob was asked to have a word about a parting of the ways.”

After a glorious 2012-13 when they qualified for the British and Irish Cup under Simon Cross, who then moved on to Worcester the world’s second-oldest club have struggled badly. Matters came to a head after losing at home to Stirling County ten days ago.

Else said today: “I wish Accies all the best for Saturday’s play-off.”

• PROP Simon Berghan, 23, has arrived at Edinburgh Rugby from New Zealand and could go straight into the squad at Newport Gwent Dragons for Thursday’s re-arranged PRO12 encounter having passed a medical. Edinburgh have current Scotland tight head Geoff Cross on loan at Glasgow.