Richard Cockerill warns Leicester Tigers are not too good to be relegated
Richard Cockerill believes former club Leicester Tigers have lost their way and are not too great to be relegated in the Gallagher Premiership.
The Tigers – England’s most prosperous club with 10 Premiership names along with European champions – would be bottom of the league for violating investment cap regulations had Saracens not been deducted 35 factors.
Cockerill anticipates that to be wiped out until the close of the season and claims that the Tigers must find the fight although leicester possess a 26-point advantage over Saracens.
“The very first thing they have to do is understanding where they are at and what they will have to do next,” said Cockerill, who spent nearly eight years in charge in Welford Road prior to being sacked in January 2017.
“I’m unsure Leicester have decided where they are at. You realise that you could do something about this.
“However, no one is too good to return. Consider Saracens historically and they will be right in the mix to survive – these 26 points will be needed by Leicester.
“Leicester were at the relegation scrap this past year and, sadly for them, their period hasn’t started especially well. They are in precisely exactly the same boat as last year.”
Cockerill, that played 250 games for Leicester between 2002 and 1992, joined the club coaching team and was promoted to head coach.
The Tigers were in the Premiership when Cockerill was sacked – 15 points adrift of leaders Wasps – but the former England hooker had brought plenty of silverware to the club throughout his tenure.
“Sometimes you’ve got to be careful what you wish for,” said Edinburgh head trainer Cockerill.
“The brunt reality is I got the sofa because they desired to be at a much better position than they had been.
“I had eight years at the club as coach – we were champions three times, finalists double and semi-finalists three times.
“We got into a European final, LV Cup and a European semi-final. If this was not good enough, the folks that made change should make it simpler.”
Leicester see with second-placed Northampton Saints on Saturday and so are put to be bolstered by the return of several of the Planet Cup players.
The Tigers had six in England’s original World Cup celebration – Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, George Ford, Dan Cole and Ellis Genge.
However, Cockerill fears the squad doesn’t have enough strength in depth to ward off a relegation struggle.
“They’ve got good players,” said Cockerill. “You set those players back into that squad and they’re clearly a much superior team.
“They shouldn’t be where they are with the standard of player they’ve obtained.
“But the reality is in eight months time they’re going to be playing Six Nations and all those players will evaporate.
“They are still getting 20,000 individuals, despite the situation they are in. It is a large team with expectations and a big supporter base.
“But time waits for no person and you may only move forward in the event you understand where you’re in the first place.
“You will have to ask the board at Leicester what their plan is.”