Scott Tomlinson steps down as head coach of Jed-Forest

Departure comes the day after his team's ill-disciplined performance when losing to Musselburgh

Scott Tomlinson. Image courtesy: Jed-Forest RFC
Scott Tomlinson. Image courtesy: Jed-Forest RFC

SCOTT TOMLINSON has stepped down as head coach of Jed-Forest with immediate effect. The former Selkirk player and Borders referee, who took over from Gavin Kerr at the start of the season, announced his departure this afternoon, after watching his team lose to Musselburgh yesterday. Tomlinson made it clear after that match that he was deeply disappointed with the team’s lack of discipline.

“It is with regret that I will be stepping down as head coach from Jed-Forest Rugby Club,” he said in a statement.

“I would like to thank the coaching team of Neil Cook, Mike Howe, John Auckenlek and Jeeves for their patience and support over the past couple of years during very challenging times with covid, it’s been very much appreciated.

“I would like also to give thanks to the Jed-Forest management and supporters for their support and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season and for the future.

“Lastly thank you to Ali Campbell and Colin Yourston for providing me the opportunity to coach at Jedforest Rfc.

“On finishing, thank you to all those players who have supported me in my time at Jed and wish you all, every success in the future.”

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  1. I am sorry to see Scott Tomlinson vacate his head coach post. He was the most helpful and informative of people after games. He will be a big miss to the Scottish game.

  2. I’m not sure that is any different from any other clubs in the Borders, where players often seem to have a heavy influence on culture- Hawick, Kelso being notable examples. Is it a bad thing? Is it any different from many clubs where players need to take ownership of culture if they are to drive success?

    A few weeks ago, Jed picked 5 forwards on the bench against Hawks at Balgray. One of the Young brothers got injured in the first few minutes. Jed ended with a completely make shift 3/4 line featuring two forwards. Players were clearly unhappy – there were young backs who had played earlier in the season, available for bench duty, but they went selected and it looked like the players were let down by poor squad selection that day.

    • Jed skipper Gregor Young actually picked up a rib injury during the warm-up before the match at Balgray vs Hawks a few weeks ago. He started the game, but didn’t return following a yellow card shortly after kick-off.

      Despite subsequently having a hooker on the wing for most of the match, the Jed team hung in well, showing great spirit and were digging deep at the end, close to nabbing a draw. Not too much wrong in that.

  3. Some of the older players at Jed think they run the place .
    Poisoned chalice for any incoming coach


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