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Cinderford boss Andy Deacon calls for common sense in coaching restructure

By lauracfell  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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CINDERFORD director of rugby Andy Deacon hopes “common sense prevails” following the news of a radical overhaul of the current coaching structure.

This move will see Deacon axed from his role as director of rugby and he will have to apply for a job at the club he has been at the heart of for the past decade.

The ‘director of rugby’ role is being removed and will be replaced by a ‘professional rugby manager’ position.

New coaching vacancies will include head coach, assistant coach, a fitness and analysis coach and a Cinderford United team manager, and it is understood there has been no shortage of applicants.

This means forwards coach Lee Fortey, United team manager Paul Morris, defence coach Isaiah Young and attack coach Brad Davies will also have to apply for roles in the new line-up.

All positions will include revised responsibilities and duties, suggesting the club are keen to shake up their current coaching line-up and bring in fresh faces.

Cinderford secured National One safety with one game remaining and they ended the season in 11th place after their 55-26 bonus-point win over Wharfedale at Dockham Road on Saturday.

They were one position and three points adrift of where they finished last season, and for a club who want to be competitive in the top half of the league, that was clearly deemed not good enough by those who run the club.

Former Gloucester prop Deacon was disappointed by the shake-up.

He said: “I will look at the job specification and see what it involves to see if it’s right for me.

“I love this club, I’ve done a lot of hard work. I have been here 10 years so I can’t see myself not applying for the job but I haven’t looked at it in detail yet.

“I just wanted to focus on the Wharfedale game. I spoke to the guys about it before the game and they have been very supportive of me and the coaches.

“I just hope common sense prevails.”

Centre Robbie Winchle, who scored two tries in Cinderford’s routing of Wharfedale, said he is keeping his faith in the current coaching line-up and does not want to see a change in personnel.

He said: “Of course I want to be at Cinderford next season and I want to have the same people around me – the coaching staff and the players – but obviously I know things change.

“I’m backing Deacs (Deacon), Paul (Morris), Fouro (Lee Fortey), Isaiah (Young), 100 per cent, we must keep them in.

“Chopping and changing is difficult but if we can keep the core together we will be flying again next season.”

For more information about the coaching roles, contact Mike Panoho:mikepanoho@cinderfordrfc.co.uk.

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