George Ford is warning rugby union about creating a sacking culture in the way that football has. The fly-half from Leicester says clubs can’t panic during the inevitable rough patches as his team prepares for Sunday’s crucial Champions Cup rematch against Muster.
This was when Ford expressed his sorrow for Jim Mallinder after Mallinder got sacked by Northampton. He added that there seemed to be a worrying trend towards quick fixes emerging in rugby union.
Mallinder Routed after Ten Years
The East Midlands have once again felt the bite of an icy December blast from Europe: one year after the conclusion of Richard Cockerill’s long rule as the director of Leicester rugby was triggered by a second heavy defeat in what was the Pro12 back then, Jim Mallinder’s decade in charge of Northampton came to an end on Tuesday, when the Saints were trounced by the Ospreys in front of an unusually small crowd at Franklin’s Garden.
Quick-Fix Solutions to Faltering Form
In the same way that players are warned not to chase their losses in games of chance like real money slots, Ford warns that rugby is looking likely to head in the way of football as they attempt to apply quick fixes to faltering form.
Ford’s dad, Mike, was let go by Bath two summers ago, and has now been linked to the job at Northampton. Ford stated that he felt very sorry for Mallinder, and felt he had been doing a wonderful job at Northampton. He added that it seemed to be the way the game was going these days, and that there had been a fair bit of this sort of thing going on recently.
It is Becoming More Difficult for One Team to Dominate, Says Ford
Ford said that people wanted success at any cost, and that things were rapidly altered when this didn’t happen at once. He added, however, that, with how much better clubs were getting, it is becoming more and more difficult for one team to dominate.
He says he hoped clubs would go back to supporting their directors of rugby when tough times occurred, as they inevitably will, but was afraid that this was not likely.
He added that everyone saw difficult periods, and that the love of the game was more about sticking together when things were bad and coming out the other end stronger and better for it.
A Miserable Weekend for the English Clubs
Leicester are sixth in the Premiership, and Northampton tenth. The Saints will not qualify for the Champions Cup quarter-finals while the Tigers will need to, as they did last year after a defeat of 38 – 0 at Thomond Park, turn a heavy defeat to Munster around at Welford Road come Sunday in order to hold on to any hopes of making it through to the knockout stages.
The misery that was last weekend for the European Cup English clubs saw seven matches and seven defeats, most of them humbling. Saracens, Exeter, Northampton, and Harlequins all got defeated at home without securing a losing bonus point, and Leicester and Wasps underwent heavy defeats away from home.
Only Bath, four minutes away from winning in Toulon, managed to emerge with any credit, prompting an investigation that will be convened once more should things this weekend go the same way.