Gloucester head coach Laurie Fisher appears to have fallen on his sword after the side’s defeat to Harlequins on Saturday.
Gloucester suffered a narrow 30-27 defeat at the Kingsholm Stadium to stay in ninth place in the Premiership; nonetheless, Fisher feels that not only was the side’s poor performance down to him (having seen the team build up a strong lead), he seems to have announced via Twitter that it is time for someone else to have a crack at coaching them.
Unbelievable capitulation. Clearly not good enough. My responsibility. Time to make room for someone else.
— Laurie Fisher (@LordLaurie58) March 4, 2017
Australian-born Fisher has been at Gloucester since joining from Brumbies in 2014. Under his tenure, the side won the Challenge Cup in 2015 but their results this season have meant that qualifying for the Champions Cup is looking completely beyond them with just a handful of matches remaining. In fact, it could be seen as Fisher choosing to jump before he is pushed.
Neither Fisher nor Gloucester has released an official statement on the matter – indeed, Fisher may choose to retract or clarify his words once he has time to reflect on them. It will surely be cleared up one way or the other within the next 24-48 hours.
If he does choose to walk away, it also remains to be seen if he will walk away now or choose to see out the season and hand over the reins in the summer.
On this week’s Oval Office Podcast, Jacques Burger talks about his battle with depression, Benetton Treviso’s Ian McKinley reviews Italy’s performance against England and Daniel Killick of The Attacking Scrum tells us what’s gone wrong with Wales.