Richard Cockerill’s time in charge of the Leicester Tigers looks to be coming to an end.
Despite lying fourth in the Premiership, the Leicester Tigers have struggled for consistency throughout the opening months of the season.
Although the Tigers have been unable to field their first choice center partnership of Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua due to injury, Cockerill’s side have suffered a number of massive defeats this campaign.
In October the Tigers conceded a cumulative total of 100 points against the Sale Sharks, Glasgow Warriors and Saracens. Although the concession of so many points led to the dismissal of defence coach Scott Hansen, the manner of the defeats was the most worrying aspect from a Tigers perspective.
Indeed Glasgow cut the the Tigers to ribbons on the opening night of the Champions Cup, while Cockerill’s side were completely dismantled by Munster.
As a result, the Daily Mail have reported that the long time Tigers servant is on the verge of the sack, and could be relieved of his position after this weekend’s clash with Munster.
A source also told the Mail that the relationship between Cockerill and head coach Aaron Mauger has broken down, describing the coaching culture as “toxic”.
It would therefore appear that Cockerill has only a very tentative hold of his job, and even a win over Munster might not be enough to save it.
This week on the Oval Office Podcast, we speak with Section Paloise number eight Paddy Butler, and hold an in depth conversation with Geraint Powell about what the future holds for regional rugby in Wales.
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