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Robinson named coach of Edinburgh

Magners League Edinburgh
by BBC Sport (U3702819) 01 October 2007
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Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson, the former England and Bath rugby coach, has been appointed as the new head coach of Magners League outfit Edinburgh.

The high-profile appointment has been confirmed by Scottish Rugby, with Robinson starting work on a three-year contract immediately.

Robinson will be officially introduced at a lunchtime press conference (1330BST) at Murrayfield.

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comment by GKRGKR (U9335973)

posted Oct 1, 2007

It's scary to think what the "next level" means to Robinson. Indecision, poor management inadequate preperation, rotten (or no) tatics and an inability to see the ship was sinking were his "gift2 to England....it makes me shudder tio think what he'll do to Edinburgh.....given the time Edinburgh have been through recently they should note that he didn't say UP to the next level aaaahhhhh!!!

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posted Oct 1, 2007

Give the guy a chance. Anyone who has led a team to the Heinecken cup must have something. He needs to build a front five they can hold their own especially in the set pieces. Having watched Edinburgh last Friday they now have some young inexperienced backs who have a lot of potential and significant pace. What they need is a steady supply of good ball. Robinson was very successful in that respect at Bath so good luck to him I hope, as an Edinburgh supporter he does well

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comment by blanky1 (U9472574)

posted Oct 1, 2007

I presuming that all the sarcastic comments on AR's appointment are made by those who have a better playing and coaching record than the man himself ?(waiting for the sound of a pin dropping)...I'll continue then..I doubt that if Hastings had thought AR couldnt do a job hed have given his blessing and frankly though Im no particular fan of AR Im glad that hes found something after the England debacle. He was appointed to the job by those same people who appointed Ashton and a previous comment hints at the difficulties that must have presented. In my opinion the thing that needs changing most is the game itself..the modern game sucks..its predictable, boring and any individual flair has long been stifled and coached out of emerging players...fortunately I see a change on the horizon but unfortunately its the SH sides (NZ AUS & SA) who are starting to change their approach and playing a more open game..Id recommend anyone to watch the Barbarians v All Blacks 1973 (I think) or the 1981 Lions tour to SA...more sidesteps in one game that Ive seen in the whole of this World Cup...but then thats what "professionalism" does to every game...win if you can but on no account lose

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comment by dc8266 (U9392940)

posted Oct 1, 2007

Good luck to Andy Robinson. I admit I was surprised to hear his name mentioned last week about the Edinburgh job but if Gavin Hastings thinks he is the man for the job then that's good enough for me!!

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posted Oct 2, 2007

talk about much ado about nothing............who bleeding cares about Edinburgh/ Andy bleeding Robinson/ Gavin Hastings OR the Magners League!!!!
it's CR@P!!!!!!

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posted Oct 2, 2007

Good luck to Andy Robinson and Edinburgh, hopefully the "diggers" who claim to have an interest in Scottish rugby will have even less influence than they had in the past.
Also, to the "diggers" who slag off Rugby League - it doesn't make you big and it's not clever and in the end you just just sound like a Shareen.

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posted Oct 2, 2007

blanky1,
Much of what you say is fair comment.
But if the top coaches (ie Robinson) in the UK are not strong enough to bring about the necessary changes - more "high risk" rugby based on individual flair and high basic skill levels as opposed to the attritional dross that passes for much GP/Magniers rugby - then who will?
Frankly, back in the amateur days, I can't help thinking that there was one hell of a lot of dross played then too, especially by England, before coaches like Geoff Cooke stepped in.
Bottom line its down to the quality and imagination of the coaches operating at the highest level (eg Elite Rugby directors, not the club coaches), and their ability to think mid to long term, not "professionalism" - think Carwyn James as an example, a coach incidentally who did not have a glittering career as a player. Brian Ashton is probably the nearest thing to James operating in the NH.
Apologies - I've gone off at a bit of a tangent to the Robbo story.

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posted Oct 2, 2007

exactly lanark.. lets give him a chance first eh?

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posted Oct 2, 2007

oh okay then..... let's be fair! I hope that Andy Robinson and Edinburgh do very well!!! As long as they are behind Glasgow1!! (that's my old West Coast roots showing through ha ha ha!!!)!!!

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posted Oct 2, 2007

god help Edinburgh!!!!

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