Rugby: Edinburgh assistant advert begs question

Michael Bradley left Edinburgh Rugby. Picture: SNS
Michael Bradley left Edinburgh Rugby. Picture: SNS
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eDINBURGH Rugby have taken the unusual step of 
advertising for an assistant coach before the vacant head coaching role has been filled.

Candidates have until Wednesday to apply at a time when Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge continue as No.1 and No.2 on an interim basis following the departure of Michael Bradley and his aides, Neil Back and Billy McGinty.

Adopting this approach would appear to preclude allowing the eventual head coach to bring in his own assistant although it could signal the fact that Scott has already been given the nod.

A stronger possibility is that an additional position is being created as the SRU owners respond to calls for more opportunities to be made available to top club coaches.

Part of the advertisement demands that those wishing to be considered must demonstrate “a track record of coaching rugby at senior club level.”

It is not clear whether that would mean having to give up an involvement with an existing club but within the Scottish premiership ranks operate a number of coaches highly regarded by peers some of whom have been part of a Continual Professional Development scheme attaching them to 
Edinburgh or Glasgow for two years while continuing with clubs.

These include Accies’ Simon Cross who has taken his team into the next British and Irish Cup against the odds while Heriot’s Phil Smith indicated some time ago he was interested in a role at Edinburgh.

Currie’s Ally Donaldson is also time-served while Kenny Murray has just won the title with Ayr and Craig Chalmers says that a move to England could see him activate a release clause should a full time professional opportunity occur in Scotland.