Wednesday 18 October 2017

'I would love to see a young Irish coach take over the reins at Connacht'

Pat Lam has accepted an offer to take the reins at Bristol Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Pat Lam has accepted an offer to take the reins at Bristol Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Luke Fitzgerald

From Pat Lam's perspective, this move is a really attractive proposition. Bristol are really struggling at the moment but financially they are very strong.

If they go well when Pat's tenure starts, it will be all down to him and his superb coaching.

Financially, he has got a young family and he has to look after them. It makes sense from Pat's perspective but obviously everyone in Connacht is going to be disappointed.

But I don't think I would be too worried if I was a Connacht player or a Connacht supporter. Pat has left the club in a fantastic position.

They know what it takes to be successful and I think it's a really attractive proposition for the next coach who comes in because they don't have as many guys included in the national team so you get more access to the players to impose your ideas and the way you think the game should be played.

I think they should get a young, exciting coach in - I would love to see a young Irish coach in there.

There are loads of exciting prospects who could do a really good job there.

You obviously think of Bernard Jackman, although I don't know if he is interested in leaving Grenoble.

Mike Prendergast is doing a superb job down there too these last couple of years.

A bit of a left-field option is Ronan O'Gara. He is doing a superb job at Racing 92, one of the most successful clubs in Europe at the moment, but I am sure he would love a head coach role.

And possibly, maybe Richie Murphy, who has been doing a good job with Ireland.

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