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