Six Nations “not good enough” but Gregor Townsend’s position safe for now

New Performance Director will be expected to review campaign and challenge the head coach if required

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is currently conducting an internal review of the recent Six Nations performance. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is currently conducting an internal review of the recent Six Nations performance. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND head coach Gregor Townsend’s position is safe for the time being – at least partly because of the power vacuum at the top of Scottish Rugby at the moment – but Scottish Rugby Chairman John McGuigan has acknowledged that the national team’s performance during the recent Six Nations was deeply disappointing from a fan’s perspective.

“As Chairman of Scottish Rugby, I shouldn’t be getting involved as it’s not my specialism, [but] talking as a fan: not good enough,” was McGuigan’s blunt assessment of Scotland’s Six Nations campaign. “We should have done a lot better. No-one is happy with fourth place. We certainly went into it thinking we could win it or be second, so to come out of it fourth is a disappointment all round. There was too big a delta between good and bad, and the stats back that up.

“In the current environment we’re in, we should certainly be seeing ourselves as winning the Six Nations or coming second. I’m not sure why else we’re in the game if we’re not trying to do that type of thing. We’ve got one of the most settled teams in comparison to the other nations at the moment, so why wouldn’t we have that aspiration? Clearly things change year-on-year, other teams get back into form, injuries play a part and so on, but for the moment looking at that tournament, our ambition would have been either to win it or to be second, and we weren’t.

“[But] we still have confidence in Gregor that he can do it, that he’s got the right coaching staff, he’s got the right team in place, and we need to go with it just now. That’s what we believe to be the right thing to do.”


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Townsend is currently conducting an internal review of Scotland’s campaign, which will be presented to the Board, but McGuigan pushed back against the suggestion that the head coach is being allowed to mark his own homework, with Jim Mallinder, Scottish Rugby’s Performance Director, not really in a position to drive anything significant given that he is leaving the role in early summer.

“You don’t want somebody marking their own homework – that just looks like complacency on our part – but timing is the thing,” McGuigan reasoned. “You’d clearly want your Performance Director to be leading the review, that would be the norm, and Jim is still here so he’ll play a part in it. But we’re caught between Jim  leaving and the new person arriving, so when this person comes in, I’ll expect them to pick up the document and to ask their own questions as to what they think has happened.

“We’ve got time on our hands, we’ve got a certain type of summer tour [which is destined to be a development exercise against four tier two nations] and we’ve got until October and November until we get into the autumn internationals, so that person coming in will have adequate time to say: ‘Right, give me what you did and then I’ll have my own look at the questions that I think should be asked, to ensure we’ve got he national team performing at the level we should’.

“I want the person coming in as Performance Director to be a support and a challenge to the coach. Every coach needs to be confident in their own ability and at times accept the fact that everything is against them but they still need to get on with it. They need to have self-belief but also be emotionally intelligent and know when it’s time to listen to somebody else’s perspective. I expect the relationship between the Performance Director and the coach will be that.”

While Mallinder will leave the business in June, the hope is that his replacement will be in situ earlier than that given the pressing need for more clarity around how the whole performance pathway, from bottom to top, should look and operate.

“We’re not advertising it formally – we didn’t go to a head-hunter because our view is that the market is small, so you’re talking about a handful of people [capable and willing to take the job],” said McGuigan.

“You’ve got some people who are fledgling Performance Directors, who are wanting to cut their teeth and develop their skillset, and you’ve got two or three other people who are established in high-performance and really know what they’re doing. So, we’re down to the last two or three people to make a decision in terms of which way we go.”

 

 

A recent male performance pathway update revealed that the Super Series league is being disbanded with a shift towards an expanded academy set-up and ‘A’ team pro rugby identified as the next route forward – but McGuigan promised that the vision is still high level at this moment in time and the new appointee will not be left trying to implement a vision which they have had no input into shaping.

“The person coming in will have their fingerprints all over what we do,” said the Chairman. “I want them to be accountable for what we create.

“The only reason we came out with the pathways document when we did was that the lead time for the end of Super6 required us to go out with something to explain why we had made that decision.

“But we accept there’s a lot more meat to be put on the bones [of the pathway plan] and I don’t want any more [meat added] at the moment because I want the person coming in to dictate that.

“From my perspective, they will own it, they will provide the blueprint of what they believe success looks like, and other people here will play their part in making that happen … so this person is not coming in with a blueprint already established.”

Asked if there is a chance of a current Scottish Rugby employee getting the job, McGuigan replied: “It would be wrong for me to speculate, but it wil be somebody who is independent, I would have thought. Somebody who will make sure that there is a realism about what it takes to be successful.”


John McGuigan prioritises raising revenue – ahead of cutting costs

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46 Comments

  1. Many thanks for that opening sentence, Rugby Fan!
    Good to know someone has been listening.
    Not quite so sure about your other points, though…..
    Nevertheless, here’s another dose of my (occasionally) acclaimed insight:
    1. Mr McGuigan and his lightweight marketing-speak waffle may be well-intentioned, but as what appears to be a fish out of water, or more correctly, as an out-of-depth swimmer who knows only the doggy-paddle – he is going to struggle.
    2. The omens for SR are unfavourable, with existential threats looming on all sides – particularly in rugby (all at levels) and in finance.
    3. Chairman John has made it clear that instead of seeking to create the much needed critical mass throughout Scottish rugby and its peripheral necessities, his focus is going to be on increasing revenues rather than on reducing costs – surprising, from the heid bummer of the most bloated Union in terms of head-count (aka the dead wood factor) and its 2 wholly-owned & controlled cash-burning ProTeams, between them returning a combined LOSS last FY of c£16 million (from a total “investment”, a favourite term at EH12, of £21.7 million).
    4. Yep – critical mass or the Game’s a bogey!
    Cheers,
    Albert

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    • Apologies (as below) for the typo – total ProTeam expenditure last FY was a not untrifling c£25.7 million!

    • Albert, I can understand the sentiment but not your logic. McGuigan is the SRL Chairperson & is temporarily deputising in the SRL CEO role until Dodson’s replacement takes up the reins. McGuigan is not the new SRL CEO so he’s playing a ‘holding’ role (i.e. “treading water” in the analogy you provided). It will be the new CEO’s role to balance the books, with their expertise most likely being in financial management. But McGuigan did mention that efficiencies need to be found in the pro teams, which is a coded message that ‘belt tightening’ & savings will take place. Providing more negative messaging than this only undermines organisations & leads to unrest, so let’s give him the time & support to turn things round. With regards to the “critical mass in Scottish rugby”, this is certainly needed but let’s direct this concern towards the people/ Board of Directors responsible for it, which is the SRU Board & not the SRL Board that McGuigan chairs.

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      • Difficult to agree with much of what you write there, IMG – sounding suspiciously like SRU insider-speak, if I may be so bold!
        Of course, most on here know and understand the theory behind the Union’s current excessively-convoluted banking-lawyer’s nightmare structure and its multiplicity of Boards (3). Nevertheless, despite looking increasingly at sea McGuigan has been spouting all over the corporate, commercial and rugby aspects like a rash in recent times. Equally, it is a complete nonsense to suggest that it will be a matter purely for the incoming CEO to “balance the books”, etc. – when the buck for all that stops with the SRL Board and in particular at its chairman (to whom the CEO is responsible).
        Whatever, it appears you have a limited conception also of critical mass as the need for true / effective CM extends beyond all facets of rugby, throughout the organisation’s commercial, financial, corporate social responsibility and marketing / CRM functions, right into creating a developed media and supporter audience as well.
        One has to look very hard indeed to find substance in any “coded messages” when the chairman emphasises in clear unequivocal language that he aspires to increase annual revenues to £100 million ahead of cutting back on expenditure. “Facts are chiels” and all that – you cannot simply go cherry-picking and attributing selective / contrived meanings out of what Mr McGuigan did (and did not!) say.
        It is difficult to argue against Einstein in all of this – your case to the contrary is utterly unconvincing, and appears to be predicated upon a biased viewpoint!
        But – please – come out and tell us on TOL whether you are, or aren’t, part of the SRU machinery… Or just an aspiring management student regurgitating overly fanciful theoretical interpretations.

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      • Ron, in a general reply to your comments, I have no affiliation to the SRU whatsoever, or to any person within this organisation. I do though have a keen interest in the state of rugby in Scotland & try to support the people & systems I believe will help redevelop it. Pigeonholing people with alternative views & different perspectives as ‘insiders’ is rather insular of you.
        I have been highly critical of how the SRU has historically operated, but I also try & balance this criticism with reasoning & constructive feedback. I take umbrage to what I believe is misplaced &/or unjust criticism of people who are trying their best under difficult circumstances to turn Scottish rugby around, & will try to defend them. From what I’ve seen & heard so far, I believe McGuigan is starting to make inroads into turning the SRL around, although it’s too early to know how effective this will ultimately be as a lot will depend on the abilities & success of the new CEO & Performance Director.
        My ‘biased viewpoints’, as you call it, are from my own observations & firsthand experiences of business & rugby in Scotland. It might be surprising to you but some of us actually have years of experience in the management of large complex businesses/ organisations, & don’t just get their knowledge from textbooks, as you smugly suggest (& are arguably guilty of yourself). Us wrinklies are therefore acutely aware of the challenges the new boards & executive management face, & the timescales & challenges organisational change takes, e.g. it’ll realistically take > 12 – 18 months for them to unpick Dodson’s legacy & implement & embed new desperately needed strategies/ structures/ processes/ procedures. But I look forward to hearing where your perceived expertise in ‘critical mass’ comes from as your somewhat random listing of some business management areas only calls into question your actual knowledge & experience.
        With regards to your implied assertion that McGuigan should have announced major financial cuts, if he had come out & said the organisation needs to make, say, 20% cuts then just imagine the impact this message would have. All employees, including players, would immediately be concerned for their jobs & would probably start looking for alternative employment, with the best people usually being the first to jump ship. This would then undermine & override everything the SRU is trying to achieve. But of course you already know all this!😀

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      • IMG, highly entertaining management-speak, dear fellow! Excessive “umbrage” (your own expression!) flawed by insufficient realism, insight and vision – perhaps inadequate knowledge, too.

        No doubt your self-professed extensive background at the helm of “large complex businesses / organisations” (e.g. not unlike Ferguson Marine, Edinburgh Trams, RBS, Scottish Parliament, Darien Scheme, or whatever….?) might prove relevant, possibly even useful in certain places, but it is certainly clear that you don’t possess the faintest notion about how the components, cultures, personalities, features and dynamics fit together within the environment of Scottish Rugby.

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  2. Townsend may be a good attacking coach – end of. Where’s Scotlands’ “this is our Everest” attitude and mentality? There is no pathway either, for youngsters. In a few years Italy will be 6N contenders, all their teams are doing well. Full, U20, Women…..Scotland unfortunately and realistically heading for the doldrums once Duhan, Darcy, FR etc retire. Townsend is clueless up front; Ritchie doesn’t know if he’s coming or going; where’s Bradbury??? Back row totally unsettled and no foreard fire nowadays

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  3. I just don’t understand what’s going on at the top of SRU. It just comes across as a shambles. Continuing with the status quo for Scotland national side is going to set us back considerably when we need to get cracking with positive changes.

    Simply seeing out GTs contract because of some money?…..I think we just need to recognize that the contract extension was a mistake by previous mgmt and cut the cord. Im not anti GT …but it just isn’t working with him and his backroom…soo frustrating we are prepared to continue pissing in the wind ..rather than make changes.

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  4. This is not a vote of confidence.

    There’s too much change at SRU – new Chairman just in with new CEO, CFO and Performance Director to come. From a helicopter view, better to get Townsend.

    If I were Gregor though, I would be looking for another job (again).

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  5. Toony’s contract expires in 2026 … the same year as Franco Smith’s contract with Glasgow expires. Could the SRU/Toony be keeping the seat warm for Franco Smith? Just saying …

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    • And that’s the big fear for Warriors supporters.
      You can just see the situation….Franco and the team do well over the next couple of seasons, Franco’s a SRU employee so easy to move him to Murrayfield ( as SRU did with GT) Warriors get the “Danny Wilson” option with Pete Horne/ John Dalziel ( no disrespect to them) SRU employee and cheaper than Franco. What then for Warriors.
      Note also that SRU want to develop The Hive, but no mention of Scotstoun.

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    • As long as there is some form of succession planning for Glasgow and we don’t have to suffer the Rennie/Wilson debacle.

  6. As Chairman of Scottish Rugby, I shouldn’t be getting involved as it’s not my specialism, ……[But] we still have confidence in Gregor that he can do it, that he’s got the right coaching staff, he’s got the right team in place, and we need to go with it just now. That’s what we believe to be the right thing to do.”
    Reading those statements we are in so much trouble it’s frightening. Talk about siege mentality. It wouldnt be out of place in Fawlty Towers or One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Or maybe reading between the lines the message is we are financially hamstrung and as much as we would love to get rid of this underperforming imposter we can’t afford to because the other underperforming fraudster who has slunk off into the hinterland with his swag bag has left us with a financial anchor for the next couple of years which we cant unhook from.

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  7. Its absolute groundhog day for the Scottish supporters unfortunately. Regretably I feel the opportunity for us to win honours has come and gone, 2021 six nations truly feels like the one that got away. That 24-25 defeat at home to Wales absolutely agonising, especially given we were 17-3 up in that game. Had we even managed to win that game 25-24 we would have been champions that year. 2022 was poor, 2023 was a little better and 2024 was poor again. Not to mention two disasterous back to back World Cup campaigns.

    Townsend has done some good things and has improved certain aspects of the national set up, his win % overall is better than what we had suffered for years beforehand (yes, some will say given the squad he has it absolutely should be in any case). The hoodoo over England is impressive, some very good days against France, Australia and Argentina, a near run thing against the All Blacks at home in 2022. Wales we have managed to turn the screw on but lets be honest, they are a rugby nation in complete crisis. Ireland well we simply just have a huge mental block against the men in green and Townsend has utterly failed to find a way to beat them, that wont ever change.

    My feeling is we could do with a new voice in the changing room, ideally a battle hardended grizzled type who might add a bit of mental steel to the side. But who is out there and available who fits the bill? I am honestly not sure. Add to the equation that Dodson and Mallinder are both nearing the exit door, so they are no longer invested and are not going to make any big decisions about the head coach. The frustrating thing is that Ireland are a level above, France will improve again especially with Dupont back, England are showing signs of finally improving again, we have the latter two away from home next year which is never easy. If we are being honest with ourselves its the same old 2 or 3 wins and that is probably our ceiling. We have shown no sign of having the capability to go 4 or 5 straight wins which is what you need to secure a championship, that likely isnt going to change under the current regime.

  8. All McGuigan needed to say was that ‘Townsend’s performance as Head Coach was unacceptable. The decision regarding his future will be made following a conversatioin with the new CEO’.

    This would have underscored the gravity of the situation and maybe, just maybe, Townsend would realize that things are indeed coming to an end!

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  9. A vote of confidence in football from the chairman normally means the coach is about to be sacked. Underwhelming world cup followed by an underwhelming 6 nations and the review outcome for the latter is ‘not good enough’ with nothing for the former. The management are obviously taking the path of least resistance but I’m surprised at Toony’ not fancing a change as he’s had the gig for a while now.

  10. The Australian RFU responded to a dire World Cup campaign by sacking their coach and appointing the hugely talented Joe Schmidt as the new head man. He has immediately gone about building a top back-room team, most recently recruiting the All Blacks’ legendary coach Mike Cron. Scotland, who had only a marginally less disastrous tour de France – followed by a backward step in the Six Nations – have responded by having a navel-gazing review conducted by the chief culprit himself, supervised by a ‘development director’ who has overseen possibly the worst-performing U20 team in the northern hemisphere. Is it any wonder, I mean is it really, that with this feeble attitude we get precisely nowhere, spurning a ‘golden generation’ that will shortly disappear without trace? It makes me so angry I can barely type, while speech eludes me completely. What have we ever done to deserve such a parcel of worthless rogues?

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    • Ah Sonsie lost for words, thats a first. Mind you the situation is desperate and the SRU still stick its neck in the sand. A parcel of worthless rogues does not nearly cover this inept, incompetent, self serving group. A fan boycott is the only way to change things

      • Do you mean you won’t be going to France in future to enjoy the rugby, vino and a baguette? Surely not Luddite!

      • Like many I have my season pass renewal in my in box. A lot of money for the same old, same old.

  11. A head coach has one job to do and that is to deliver performances that are greater than the sum of the parts that are at their disposal. If they can’t do that, there is simply no point in them being there.

    Forget about results for a minute and just try to remember when Scotland last delivered a performance that was above expectations given the players selected.

    Maybe Wales at home or England away last season? Maybe away to France in the WC warm ups. That is, at most, 3 above par performances in the last 17 games.

    That would be summary dismissal material in almost any other walk of life. For Townsend to stay in post and take a wage for being head coach is, in my view, bordering on fraud.

    This is not a marginal issue any more. He is light years away from justifying his position and it is beyond belief that he is being allowed to lead his own performance review.

    And to add insult to injury we are subjected to shameless gaslighting from his employer to cover up their own many shortcomings.

    Seems that ticket prices at Murrayfield are almost doubling for next season. I’m not prepared to continue subsidising this blatant corruption.

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  12. Oh please can I mark my own work performance. I’m sure I’d be very honest. totally unbiased and never suggest I did well when I did not. This is a clear case of no-one with the B**ls to take responsibility for calling out a very poor 6N performance. We for once have a squad with capability and depth in most positions. Many of whom have a few years left. If we don’t make the most of this group we’ll be way back in the 6N. NOW is the time for Townsend to make way for someone who can motivate the team and get them consistently winning and not have way the worst disciplinary record. Time for a ticket boycott as the only way to make the SRU listen? Totally frustrated to see the current talent wasted.

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  13. Can’t entirely agree with comments about the U20s. It’s not Kenny Murray’s fault that the pathway for young promising players is utterly inadequate producing kids with ability but completely unprepared for the physicality required at U20 level. Comments about GT are entirely justified. And I speak as one who has defended him on TOL in the past. This year’s 6N was the last straw for me. But who takes over? I’d like to see Franco continue in his project at Warriors, who I think are close to significant achievements. Who else?

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    • Sussex Scot. KM’s selections have been questionable, and the backs rarely function as a unit – both on him and his coaching team. For certain positions, better players have been watching at home under KM’s stewardship.

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      • The U18s is the same, the problem is with selectors for the pathway in the earlier years. KM will be compelled to select from the pathway, under the impression that the selectors for that have made the right choices.

  14. Sort of on topic, there’s an interesting video by Rugby Analyst highlighting the woeful performance/tactics of the Scottish pack against Ireland. We got front foot ball and then invariably, shipped it deep to Russell with an Irish defence ready and organised to batter us behind the gain line. Just so predictable and yet persisted with all game. I’m sure it must be what they’ve been coached, unless as mentioned in the video, Finn is insisting everything goes through him which I find hard to believe as he works best when playing flat, not 10 metres behind the ruck. We might not have the very best pack but I’m sure we could do so much better with the existing players if we did just varied the attack, forwards taking it on for more phases or playing off 9. Box kicking and throwing the ball deep just aren’t working, please mix it up. We used to pride ourselves on a mobile back row causing chaos and with the likes of Christie, Darge and arguably Bradbury, we could punch so much deeper holes up front to get defenses going backwards rather than simply giving them time to line us up for the big hit or managing to make us become isolated and turned over. Horne at 9 would surely benefit from a change in tactics, his sniping and running being much better than his passing or kicking game; probably suits a number of our other 9s better too, such as Dobie or Vellacott. Would love to see if players like Gilchrist, Cummings and Skinner perform a whole load more effectively if told to punch it up around the fringes rather than constantly taking the ball miles back and wondering why they can’t get through a well-drilled defence. Hopefully change in top management will subsequently lead to a change in tactics.

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    • I also watched Rich’s video and the question for me is that if Rich can see the issues why cant our coaching group. GT is well beyond his sell by date but the ineffectual SRU cant see it or dont want to see it as it shows them up for the pathetic individuals that they are

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  15. Any news on Kenny Murray’s position? While GT gets flack (and rightly so) for the Senior performance, KM needs to be held to account for the woeful run of u20 results.

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  16. Dodson screwed Scotland over giving Gregor a new contract before the World Cup.

    Russel isn’t a captain. Constantly moaning at the ref and not taking in board what the warnings the ref was trying to say. His and Townsend a school boy style of play doesn’t suit international level. To win you need to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

    The failure of the super series as well doesn’t help. Scottish rugby needs a real over haul top to bottom.

    Most exciting competitive rugby is in National 1.

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  17. The new Performance Director will be in the unenviable position of having a lame duck Head Coach with a contract running till not long before the next RWC foisted on him by previous regime. Toonie unlikely to be judged on the Summer development tour unless it is a total disaster. Anything less than 3 wins in the Autumn internationals should signal the end.
    Where the Performance Director can show their mettle is weeding out some of the assistant coaches and backroom staff who are not up to the job.

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  18. In GTs defence there have been glorious highs, however overall a feeling of desperate disappointment & he should (be encouraged) to fall on his sword.

    Successive abject RWC failures, where it appeared no tacital thinking was undertaken pre RWC
    4th in 6N 2024.
    The recent Italy game was a GT microcosm, stupid/bull headed initial team selection, started off like a train looking brilliant / imploded completely with ultimate mood crushing defeat the result.
    Something no right, the longer GT remains in post the longer the above scenarios will transpire.

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    • I knew after the first game in Cardiff we were on a hiding to nothing.
      To go 0-28 up at half time, then to fail to secure a BP and staggeringly almost LOSE the game to the worst Welsh team of the modern era and scrape home 27-28 in the end. You could tell something was simply not right with the team. A total lack of ruthless edge and composure. As you said, the same thing transpired in Rome. We were battering Italy and playing some great rugby, then we just fell apart like a house of cards. I dont care what anyone says there is a mentality issue and much of that has to stem from the coaching set up and leadership group within that squad.

  19. What John McGuigan says is logical, although not necessarily what people want to hear. Townsend’s team’s performances have become very consistent & plateaued, with the next step to winning tournaments needing something additional to happen (& not just live in hope). The question is whether Townsend & his coaching staff are able to identify & provide that performance enhancement, & whether the players he has at his disposal can raise their game to this next level? But I also have to question what Jim Mallinder is (& has been) doing as he’s still in situ & being paid handsomely for being the Performance Director. I know the law has changed regarding flexi working conditions/ locations, but employees still need to make an appearance occasionally!!!!! Why isn’t Mallinder having to face the press & be questioned/ held accountable for the areas still under his remit?

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  20. As ever Einstein and his comments about repeating the same experiment under the same conditions repeatedly comes to mind….GT will never pick in form players like Bradbury. He will continue to show horny his out of form favs and fail to get the best out of the group. We have Franco getting a real tune out of Glasgow. If not him then would love to see what someone like Pat Lam could do. Worked wonders at Connacht and plays progressive rugby.

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    • Jesus wept, Pat Lam!

      He’s had all the money, star players and resources he could ask for at Bristol and has achieved nothing. Bristol are flaky and fold whenever they face a real challenge.

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    • Many thanks for that opening sentence, Rugby Fan!
      Good to know someone has been listening.
      Not quite so sure about your other points, though…..
      Nevertheless, here’s another dose of my (occasionally) acclaimed insight:
      1. Mr McGuigan and his lightweight marketing-speak waffle may be well-intentioned, but as what appears to be a fish out of water, or more correctly, as an out-of-depth swimmer who knows only the doggy-paddle – he is going to struggle.
      2. The omens for SR are unfavourable, with existential threats looming on all sides – particularly in rugby (all at levels) and in finance.
      3. Chairman John has made it clear that instead of seeking to create the much needed critical mass throughout Scottish rugby and its peripheral necessities, his focus is going to be on increasing revenues rather than on reducing costs – surprising, from the heid bummer of the most bloated Union in terms of head-count (aka the dead wood factor) and its 2 wholly-owned & controlled cash-burning ProTeams, between them returning a combined LOSS last FY of c£16 million (from a total “investment”, a favourite term at EH12, of £21.7 million).
      4. Yep – critical mass or the Game’s a bogey!
      Cheers,
      Albert

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    • Assuming TOL eventually publishes my earlier comment – NB, total combined ProTeams “investment” last FY was in fact a massive, if not ludicrous £25.7 million, not the mere £21.7m as stated. Apologies for the typo!

  21. Teflon Townsend and the Scottish rugby boys club.
    We will moan on places like this and other socials, we’ll moan in the bar and among our friends..
    We’ll still turn up to games, pay ridiculous ticket prices, ridiculous merch prices, and do nothing about it.
    It is what it is and the SRU are a few steps away from having their own secret handshake which Townsend will probably get wrong but they’ll all just have a chuckle about it in their Oxblood chairs.

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    • Like many I have my season pass renewal to respond to. First time in 51 years I am having great difficulty in pressing the buy button. Either be selective on what games we go to or ha e a season off and see if we miss it. This announcement has not helped.

  22. So the hamster wheel goes on -there will be learnings from each failed campaign-7 years of zero achievement -but hey ho
    next year will be the year-pathetic-as GT gets his huge salary and leads us nowhere-

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    • U20’s 6 Nations Wooden Spoon, on the back of defeat to Uruguay in the previous competition, is also apparently good enough to hold onto your job. It’s an absolute nonsense.

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    • Reminds me of my late and much loved mother’s comments about falling into a sewer (polite term) and coming out smelling of eau-de-Cologne.

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