DEREK O’Riordan has stepped down as head coach of Edinburgh Accies, citing the mounting pressure of combining the post with his working and personal life.
O’Riordan’s plan for the campaign just completed was to build a squad capable of competing for the title in the new Premiership next season. Although Accies finished 10th and last in the top flight, he achieved his aim of introducing a number of promising youngsters to first-team rugby over the season, and speaking after last month’s final fixture against Currie Chieftains, he confirmed his intention to remain at the Raeburn Place club.
However, after assessing the situation, he used his Twitter account to announce his decision to leave the club, saying: “The journey has come to an end, after four amazing years at EdinburghAccies the time has come to step aside and let someone else finish the job we started. I have some great memories of working at the club but sadly the growing pressure of balancing the workload began to take its toll on me personally, professionally and mentally. Thanks to everyone at the club for their support over the years in the good times and the tough.”
There are no immediate plans to replace O’Riordan. Accies recently recruited Chris Martin from Howe of Fife as attack coach, a role vacated by Mark Appleson. Martin will work with current assistant coach Iain Berthinussen in the first instance and they will assess the situation over the summer.