FORMER Gloucester player, captain and coach Keith Richardson says sacked director of rugby Nigel Davies has paid the price for “an awful season”.
“Initially I’m sad, but I’m not surprised,” he said, “it’s been an awful season. In the harsh world of sport, it’s results that count and Gloucester’s haven’t been good enough. It’s just not worked out for him.”
Richardson, a former prop, retired as a player in the late 1970s and rarely misses a match at Kingsholm.
He believes many of the players have to take a hard look at themselves.
“At the end of the day it’s the players who go out on the pitch,” he said. “It’s not all down to the manager and coaches but the thing is, you don’t sack 15 players.
“Many times they haven’t done him or the club justice this season – they’ve underperformed.
“It’s always the man at the top who goes.
“That’s fair because everyone goes into these jobs with their eyes wide open.
“It’s a results-driven business and the Worcester result could have been the last straw although I don’t know that.”
Richardson believes Gloucester may go for a different type of character to the astute, deep-thinking Davies when searching for a replacement.
“I think they may look for a hardliner,” said Richardson, “although I don’t know who.
Nigel Davies is very skilful and very clever but I think they may go for someone in the Steve Diamond or Richard Cockerill mould. They might need that approach.”