Conor O’Shea will step down at the end of the season.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Sam Peters has reported that Harlequins’ England contingent met with Chief Executive, Dave Ellis, to ask that the club do not employ Stuart Lancaster this summer.
It had previously been thought that the former England coach was a front runner for the position after Conor O’Shea revealed that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.
However Peters has claimed that a group of players led by ‘former England captain Chris Robshaw, full-back Mike Brown, scrum-half Danny Care and prop Joe Marler — met chief executive Dave Ellis to express their reservations about his lack of hands-on coaching experience’.
It would now appear that Lancaster has little chance of succeeding O’Shea, particularly after a Harlequins source told Peters, ‘Stuart is a top bloke but does not have enough hands-on coaching experience to take on a club like Quins’.
As a result the article claims, Lancaster best hope of gaining a job in the Premiership job is at Bath.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena