as informed in Former Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill will take over as head coach of Edinburgh on a two-year contract from the start of next season, the Scottish side announced on Monday.
“I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity at Edinburgh Rugby ticked all the boxes,” Cockerill said in a statement.
Edinburgh’s acting head coach Duncan Hodge will stay in charge until the end of the season before returning to his previous position of backs coach when Cockerill takes over.
“It’s a real rugby city, and the club has a lot of potential to grow on, and off, the pitch.”
Cockerill, who won the English Premiership three times as coach, but was sacked by Leicester last month, was working with French Top 14 side Toulon as a consultant and will move to Scotland for his new role.
as declared in Former Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been appointed Edinburgh head coach from next season on a two-year deal.
NEWS | Richard Cockerill announced as new Head Coach for Edinburgh RugbyFull story: https://t.co/lfhxSUIumPpic.twitter.com/FA7G1OsHk8 — Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) February 20, 2017″The conversations I had with Mark Dodson [Scottish Rugby’s chief executive] and Scott Johnson [the organisation’s director of rugby] were instrumental in understanding what the vision for Edinburgh Rugby is and it is a project I’m excited to be a part of,” said Cockerill.
But Cockerill will now be given the chance for a fresh start with Edinburgh, who sit ninth in the Pro12.
The Tigers won three domestic titles during his time in charge of the first team, but had endured an underwhelming start to the season and there were reports of a player revolt and a difference in methods between Cockerill and head coach Aaron Mauger.
Johnson added: “It was important for us to ensure Edinburgh can develop a more consistent winning record and challenge for higher places in the Guinness PRO12.
as declared in RICHARD COCKERILL WILL take over as head coach of Edinburgh from the beginning of next season.
“I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity at Edinburgh Rugby ticked all the boxes,” Cockerill said.
“The conversations I had with (Scottish Rugby chief executive) Mark Dodson and Scott Johnson (Scottish Rugby director of rugby) were instrumental in understanding what the vision for Edinburgh Rugby is and it is a project I’m excited to be a part of.
The ex-England hooker has agreed a two-year deal with the Pro12 club and will start the job when his short-term spell coaching role with Toulon comes to an end.
“It’s a real rugby city, and the club has a lot of potential to grow on, and off, the pitch.
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