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London Irish head coach Tom Coventry admits uncertainty over future

Tom Coventry speaks to the press [Picture: Chris Egan]
Tom Coventry speaks to the press [Picture: Chris Egan]
LONDON IRISH head coach Tom Coventry has given the strongest indication yet that his position is in jeopardy following their relegation from the Aviva Premiership.

With their fate already sealed, the Exiles lost their final game of the season at Wasps on Saturday, suffering a 38-12 defeat at the Ricoh Arena.

The club are already taking steps to plot their route back to the top tier, but Coventry may not be at the wheel, if his post-match press conference comments are anything to go by.

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“The board are pretty committed to making sure we remain ambitious and that we move back into the Premiership,” he said.

“The plans are in place for us to be a top club again. Whoever’s in charge – myself or whoever else is in charge – will be responsible, so we’ll see what happens.”

Despite the uncertainty, Coventry is getting on with the job and he admits there’ll certainly be changes in personnel among the playing staff, but is hopeful of holding onto his internationals.

“There’s been lots of talk, but we’ll reflect, do a review and look at the process. Some things have gone well, other things haven’t,” he said.

“There’ll be a few movers, I was watching the Wasps, who have announced a few leavers, and it’ll be no different at London Irish – we’ll have a few coming and a few going.

“We can keep most of them in place; we’re keen to make sure we bounce back and I’ve been talking to some of the clubs who have been in this predicament before and they say the key is to keep the group of players together.”

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