Monday 26 February 2018

Bradley poised to take Zebre reins

Bradley is understood to be taking over from caretaker Victor Jiminez. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Bradley is understood to be taking over from caretaker Victor Jiminez. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Former Connacht coach Michael Bradley is expected to be named soon as coach of Italian side Zebre.

Zebre have finished bottom in four of their five seasons in the Guinness PRO12, including the most recent campaign.

They parted company with coach Gianluca Guidi in January, and now Bradley (pictured) is understood to be taking over from caretaker Victor Jiminez.

In late 2015 the former Ireland scrum-half was tipped to get a spot on the Munster coaching roster, but instead Rassie Erasmus came in at the end of the season.

He spent seven seasons coaching Connacht , mostly in the lower reaches of the Celtic League while performing well in the European Challenge Cup.

A year later he went to Edinburgh, who finished 11th and 10th in the Pro12 in his two seasons. They reached the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2012, losing to Ulster.

Bradley has been involved for the last three years as assistant coach to Georgia, who he helped win two of their four games at the 2015 World Cup.

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