Video: Bradley relishing new post
Published 04/05/2011 | 05:00
Michael Bradley believes Edinburgh have the players to fulfil their potential in the Magners League and Heineken Cup.
As reported in yesterday's Irish Independent, the 48-year-old former Connacht coach has been appointed head coach of the Scottish side following the departure of Rob Moffat last January and interim coach Nick Scrivener's failure to secure the role permanently.
It is a welcome route back into professional coaching for the 40-times capped former Ireland scrum-half and captain who was in charge of Connacht for seven years before stepping down at the end of last season.
Edinburgh have only reached the Heineken Cup quarter-finals and have slipped backwards since finishing second in the Magners League under Andy Robinson two years ago. Edinburgh's playing budget is estimated at £3.6m (€4m), with actual player salary costs under £3m (€3.3m), which is frozen for the foreseeable future.
That is far less than the top European clubs. But Bradley's experience of working with meagre resources at Connacht worked in his favour, as did his availability -- a factor that mitigated against ex-Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan, who is with the US Eagles until after the World Cup in the autumn.
"The potential is there and it's up to me as head coach to bring that out in the guys in the next few years," said Bradley.
"Consistency next year is something we'll be striving for."
Bradley is relishing working with the likes of British and Irish Lions Ross Ford and Mike Blair, Scotland star Chris Paterson and prolific Dutch winger Tim Visser.
"We'll start planning today and tomorrow and all of next week -- but it will be a big pre-season for us. We'll discuss all of our ambition for the future and build a strategy around that."