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Austin Healey: Leicester Tigers Are Embarrassing And A Shambles

Former Leicester Tigers stalwart and current pundit, Austin Healey, has hit out at his former club over the situation which has seen Matt O’Connor sacked after just one game into the new Gallagher Premiership season. 

O’Connor was relieved of his duties after the Tigers suffered a sobering 40-6 loss to the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

Geordan Murphy, who was the assistant coach under O’Connor, is now in the position of interim head coach and his side face a tricky tie this weekend when they welcome the Newcastle Falcons, led by former Tigers head coach Dean Richards, to Welford Road.

Healey has spoken out on the situation at Leicester which he calls a “shambles” and “embarrassing”.


“My opinion as an ex-Tiger, played there all my career, is that I don’t think they’ve been at a lower point in 30, 40 years. It’s embarrassing, it’s a shambles. The constant waiting to get the right person for the job just leaves a club, the supporters, the players in limbo,” Healey told BT Sport.

Healey admits that Murphy faces an uphill battle to turn the Tigers’ fortunes around but that his knowledge of the club should help him.

“I think Geordan Murphy is woefully equipped to take this job on, but that could be his greatest strength because a lot of people go to Leicester, they don’t understand it. They try and put in coaching principles from elsewhere, which just don’t work at Leicester for whatever reason.

“Geordan knows what Leicester’s identity is supposed to be, he needs to believe in himself and to surround himself with some good people to help share the load because it’s a big, big job.”

Leicester Tigers take on the Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road at 3 pm on Saturday where they will desperately be looking to register their first win of the season.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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