After the humiliating defeat by the Crusaders in Canterbury the QRU has decided to bite the bullet and bring back the “grandfather” of Queensland rugby, John “Knuckles” Connolly, as hinted at by Tim Horan on The Rugby Club last month. Also, Wayne Smith in his column said that Richard Graham position was now “untenable”.
As I have been alluding to all season a new head coach is really what the Reds need to put in place for next season. On Wednesday, Jim Tucker in the Courier Mail listed a few possible candidates and the one that stands out is John Mulvihill. He is a backs orientated coach that can pull the team together and play attacking and exciting rugby that will bring the fans back; but moreover, he is a great man manager that is desperately required at the Reds.
The structure next year would them resemble something like this: Connolly as Director of Coaching with John Mulvihill Head Coach & Nick Styles his assistant. If they really want to keep Graham at Ballymore, his role would be as attack coach with Brad Thorn in the fold as a high performance manager.
Once the structure starts to take shape then the recruitment process becomes a lot easier with people like Liam Gill knowing where they stand. With Mulvihill in place, he has a lot of respect in the industry, will help in this process and in being able to identify new talent both domestically and abroad.