In February 2004, Leicester sacked their Director of Rugby and I immediately said that the Falcons should approach him to replace Rob Andrew.
Whether we did or not I don’t know. Perhaps he wasn’t interested. But if it wasn’t even considered, then it was a massive mistake as, following four titles and two Heineken Cups at Welford Road, that man went on to have success (and obviously just a tiny little bit of controversy) at Harlequins.
The man I am talking about will lead the Falcons next season.
Mark Smith broke the story in The Journal this morning, letting us know that Richards is ready to go, coming regardless of whether we stay up and unsurprisingly has stayed as close as possible to English rugby in anticipation of his return from a three-year ban.
I hear Uncle Semore signed Richards up a couple of weeks ago and I would be surprised if our new manager is not already watching videos of our training sessions, never mind matches, and he will be talking with Kurdi about who he wants to sign.
The fact that Richards cannot work with us until August may be a help for us, as he will be able to concentrate solely on next season as Gary Gold works to try to keep us in the Premiership.
If we are relegated however, that is no longer looking like a massive disaster, as long as we come straight back up of course.
Richards is a winner in every sense of the word, as he proved as a player and manager, and it is a shame that he was (rightly though) banned for his part in Bloodgate.
He will now be looking to prove what the game has been missing. I for one am absolutely chuffed that our Falcons will be the ones to benefit from that. What a statement of the club’s ambition in our new era!
The future’s bright, the future’s black!
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