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“I Didn’t Win Enough Games” – Jackman Speaks For First Time Since Dragons Exit

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Bernard Jackman put it simply when asked why he was removed from the position of head coach of the Dragons. 

“I didn’t win enough games is the honest answer,” Jackman told RTÉ 2FM’s Game On.

Jackman was in his second season in charge of the Welsh club. Results were poor during Jackaman’s tenure but it was accepted that his first season in charge was more or less regarded as a freebie considering the rebuild project which was needed to get the club competitive again.

During the summer, ahead of the 2018/19 season, Jackman recruited heavily which saw the likes of Ross Moriarty and Richard Hibbard pitch up at Rodney Parade.

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However, although their showing was an improvement on the 2017/18 season, they remained rooted towards the bottom of their PRO14 conference and the board decided to act.

“I think head coaching is very volatile. Rugby used to be less volatile than football but if you look over the last 12 months, the 14 teams in the PRO14, eight have changed their coach. It’s not a job with job security but it’s a fascinating place to work in and I certainly have no regrets about the experience I picked up over there.

“Working for the WRU has been brilliant. Wales, like France, is a country that is passionate about rugby. It’s been a good experience, I’ve made some good friends and brought through some young players who hopefully will help the Dragons win and hopefully help Wales win over the next 10 years.”

Jackman admits that he is getting “cabin fever” at the moment as a result of not being involved in head coaching but that he will assess his options over the next couple of months before making his next move.

Bernard Jackman Dragons

“I’m getting cabin fever now but I understand that unfortunately, for an out of work coach you need someone else to go out of work to get an opportunity. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. We’re just going to wait and see what happens over the next couple of months.”

Interestingly, Jackman doesn’t rule out a return to France or a stint in Japan which looked like a possibility before he took on the job with the Dragons.

He is also open to the opportunity of working under an experienced head coach as he cites a lack of a mentor in his career due to him taking on head coach roles so soon.

“For sure, if it was the right club and there’s an opportunity to be an assistant to a good head coach, then we would definitely look at it.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter