As Edinburgh Rugby’s search for a new head coach continues, reports today suggest that a deal with former Springboks adviser Alan Solomons is awaiting the rubber stamp.
The Capital outfit have been relying on interim appointment Stevie Scott to fill a void since Michael Bradley was relieved of his duties in March. However, as the new season approaches and the Southern Hemisphere’s blue riband Super 15 competition reaches its conclusion, Solomons’ is the name in the spotlight according to the Cape Argus which says of the Eastern Province Kings’ team’s director of rugby: “Although it has been officially denied by Solomons, it is understood he will be heading to Edinburgh later in the year.”
A source close to the Edinburgh set-up told the Evening News that the delay in making an appointment was almost certainly connected to waiting until the end of Super 15.
A formal announcement could come early next month after Kings complete vital home and away matches with the Johannesburg-based Lions team which could determine their future in Super 15.
Earlier this summer Scottish Rugby, who own Edinburgh, were left embarrassed by announcing Vern Cotter as the new Scotland head coach only for the New Zealander to insist on remaining at Clermont Auvergne for another season.
Edinburgh and the SRU would be anxious to avoid a similar scenario but chief executive Mark Dodson was in South Africa during the summer tour with a coaching appointment high on his agenda.