Austin Healey believes that the Leicester Tigers are a bigger club than current European and PRO14 champions Leinster and it’s this logic which he applies to the argument of Stuart Lancaster potentially taking over at the English club after Matt O’Connor’s recent departure.
O’Connor has departed from the Tigers after just one game of the new season where they fell to a heavy 40-6 defeat away to the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
Geordan Murphy has taken over as interim head coach but of course, with any high-profile loss of a head coach, there will come considerable speculation surrounding who will replace him.
Stuart Lancaster is currently a senior coach with Leinster and he has been heavily credited with contributing to the eastern province’s success last season. Healey, like many others, posed the question of the 48-year-old taking over at Welford Road.
Stuart Lancaster for Tigers?
— Austin Healey (@IamAustinHealey) September 3, 2018
But when supporters asked the genuine question of why would Lancaster go for the job. Healey responded with this.
Why not it’s a bigger club and a great challenge
— Austin Healey (@IamAustinHealey) September 4, 2018
It’s safe to say that many people didn’t agree with Healey’s assertion that Leicester are a bigger club than Leinster.
Bigger club if u have a time machine maybe
— Pat Mc Daid (@Pat_Mc_Daid) September 4, 2018
Yep, definite step down. Record holders of the Heineken cup to Exeter’s whipping boys?
Stay where you are Stu! You don’t need the English media flak either!
— Evan Morgan (@evanmorgan2011) September 3, 2018
Can't see him leaving Leinster
— Mick Finnegan (@Mick_Finnegan) September 3, 2018
It’s clear that the arguments surrounding which club is ‘bigger’ is always going to provoke a strong reaction and we would imagine Healey knew exactly what he was doing here when making such a claim.