Cinderford Director of Rugby Andy Deacon's weekly column:
EVERY top-level coach knows the rules these days – increasingly only instant success is enough.
Anyone who takes a job in the Premiership understands that.
But coaches, players and supporters all still hope that new set-ups are given a reasonable amount of time to make things work.
It remains to be seen what happens with Bryan Redpath's long-term situation at Sale and whether he takes the backs coach role or not, but changes are happening very quickly up there.
Perhaps the grass is not always greener.
At any club, when the men in charge decide things are not working out they have two choices – hold their nerve and give it time, or act swiftly before the situation worsens.
It's a judgement call on what is the best way to proceed.
But I think everyone within the game just hopes that coaches are given a fair crack of the whip before big changes are made.
The contrast with Gloucester could not seem more stark.
Nigel Davies seems like the coolest man in the world, he's in control – he's been allowed to be in control, and everything is flowing from that.
The national press are talking about Gloucester all of a sudden, almost wondering where they have come from after the Leicester win.
But up close we have seen Davies quietly go about his business, not saying too much, but just getting stuck in – so far so good.
THERE IS ONE BIG DIFFERENCE SAM - WE SHOW RESPECT
SAM Allardyce’s comments about rugby were massively misinformed, and oddly timed.
The West Ham United manager recently questioned why rugby players do not come under more scrutiny for things like punching and gouging.
He seemed to suggest footballers are hard done by in this regard, when they are lambasted for cheating and such like.
Well Mr Allardyce, there’s one word that sums up why you do not understand the inequality – respect.
Rugby and boxing are two of the world’s most physical sports – but they survive only because in the main the players have impressive control.
Control in football however can only be applied to technical ability where the ball itself is concerned.
It’s a shame because I really like the sport, but if the players had more respect for officials and those around them, then there would be far less criticism of the game.
Rugby players do not crowd referees and challenge decisions that will never be reversed – they grit their teeth and get on with it.
That’s because they respect the game and the officials.
Even when Andy Hazell lost control against Mont de Marsan, not once did he question or argue with the referee – he accepted the decision and jogged from the field.
Until football can do the same, Allardyce and Co will just have to cope with the flak.
I CENTS A REAL POWER SHIFT GOING ON LOCALLY
OLD Centralians’ derby victory over Coney Hill confirms a bit of a power shift.
Cents fully deserved their 31-10 win, and Dave Knight is making a massive impact there.
My old friend and Coney Hill forwards coach Chris Hall said Knight pretty much ran the show, and he’s certainly a class act.
He’s in pretty decent nick for someone in his mid-30s – his body is a bit battered but that’s not surprising really.
So if he can stay injury-free he’ll be a big part of the Cents set-up this season.
Jack Preece and the coaching team there are doing a great job, and they’ve got a generation of talented players all potentially peaking at the same time.
That’s a pretty potent combination and they can be proud of what they’re doing.
DAVE SHOWED US HIS CLASS
I WAS impressed with how Cinderford stuck at the task at Esher at the weekend.
No one was distracted by two questionable yellow cards, and we dug in with 13 men heading into the final quarter.
We could have won the game, and while we were frustrated not to manage that at least we came away with a losing bonus-point.
Dave Lewis showed all his Premiership quality with a fine game, and his attitude has been exemplary in coming down to Cinderford.
That’s the first time Esher have not scored four tries at home this season, so we can be pleased with that.
But now we need to start picking up wins away from home.
We only have one so far, and we’ve lost games on the road we could easily have turned around.
We’ve got to turn that around quickly now.