Quins needed to bring in new blood when O’Shea left

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IT’S a shame for John Kingston to be leav­ing his beloved Har­lequins at the end of the sea­son, but with­out try­ing to sound wise af­ter the event, for me he was never the right per­son to lead the club.

Fan­tas­tic team man­ager no ques­tion, but I think Quins should have have left him to his old role and brought in some­one ahead of him.

Quins had al­ready started to stall un­der Conor O’Shea af­ter their league ti­tle in 2012, and fresh ideas were needed.

Joe Mar­ler even said so in an in­ter­view in Jan­uary, when con­tract ex­ten­sions were awarded to Kingston and his as­sis­tants Mark Mapletoft and Gra­ham Rown­tree: “As coaches and man­age­ment they could prob­a­bly do with a freshen up.”

A team con­tain­ing Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als Chris Rob­shaw, Mike Brown, Mar­ler, Danny Care and Kyle Sinck­ler should be push­ing for top four, not dis­ap­pear­ing with­out trace at home against an Ex­iles side head­ing for the drop.

As Will Car­ling tweeted: “Ob­vi­ous that some tough de­ci­sions have to be taken be­fore key play­ers start to leave & once down that road at­tract­ing great play­ers be­comes al­most im­pos­si­ble...”

Quins need a top coach to turn the tide and get this ex­cit­ing squad hit­ting po­ten­tial. STU­ART WOODS Rich­mond

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