Scottish Rugby Union want "a chat" with Andy Robinson when they should be showing him the door
Scotland have lost their last seven matches, a record of Waspsian proportions, with the enduring image of their Six Nations being Andy Robinson thumping the plexiglass is his Glass Cage of Impotent Fury. On top of this there are now rumours of rifts between the coach and some of the players.
The SRU, deciding that they need to do something about this, have invited Andy Robinson in for "a chat". A very informal chat, they are keen to stress, which is PR code for "this is not a performance review and we won't be sacking him. At least not yet.."
But are they right not to consider his position more formally at this time?
Scotland undoubtedly did some very good things this tournament; territory, breakdown, lineout, line-breaks were strong, and they even scored some tries. They still lost all their matches.
Promising young players either emerged or got better; Rennie, Denton, Gray, for example. They still lost all their matches.
Robinson is a man who can take a team only so far. He is primarily a coach, so it is to be expected that he can improve aspects of the game and drill players to level beyond that of when he arrived. But what he lacks is what Scotland need most of all - leadership that can inspire, cajole, and push players to win games like those vs England and France at Murrayfield.
The SRU would be wise to thank Andy for his work, much of which has been quality, and let him go. This group of players now require inspiration, not more calibration.
And the SRU will save a small fortune on plexiglass.
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