Edinburgh consign ‘basket case’ days to history as coaching team commit futures
EDINBURGH have pointedly turned their backs on the days when they were going through coaches at the rate of more than two a season by putting all their assistants on contracts that will keep them at the club through to the summer of 2018.
With Alan Solomons, the head coach, already signed up for a fourth season in overall charge, it promises a period of stability at the club only three years after Mark Dodson, the Scottish Rugby Union chief executive, described it as a basket case.
The current coaching panel has been in place only since Duncan Hodge, the backs coach, joined from Scotland duty at the end of the World Cup, joining Peter Wilkins, the defence coach who arrived from Australia a year ago on a 12 month deal, and Stevie Scott, the longest serving of the trio after shifting into his role as forwards coach when Solomons joined.
“Since Alan came in, we have taken small strides forwards and a bigger one this year,” said Scott. “I hope we can get the right results in the final two games of this season to let us push on again next season.
“We have come a long way, but still have a lot we can do.”