Dean Richards appointed Director of Rugby at Newcastle for next season

With his ban now over, the former Leicester and Harlequins coach is back in the game. Below is the statement from Newcastle:

Newcastle Falcons can confirm that Dean Richards has been appointed as director of rugby for the start of the 2012-13 season.

Richards told the Falcons official website: “I am delighted to get the opportunity to join Newcastle Falcons. Whilst there was interest from other clubs, there are two reasons why I chose the Falcons – the supporters and Semore Kurdi’s ambition for the club.

“I met up with Semore and his vision made my mind up.”

Richards acknowledges the passionate Falcons fan-base, saying: “The Falcons fans are very enthusiastic about their rugby and they are fantastic people with a great sense of humour who you can enjoy a laugh with.”

Falcons owner Semore Kurdi has hailed the appointment of Richards adding: “It is not often that you get a chance to work with two people as talented and accomplished as Mr Dean Richards and Mr Gary Gold.

“Dean needs no introduction in the world of rugby, and it will be a true honour to have him at Newcastle Falcons next season.

What are your thoughts on Richards returning to the game? Has he been punished for long enough after the shame of bloodgate?

6 thoughts on “Dean Richards appointed Director of Rugby at Newcastle for next season

  1. Once a sanction has been determined, and any appeal heard, there is rarely any justification for subsequently varying it.

    Doesn’t he already have experience of the Championship?

    1. He has good experience in the Championship. He was with Quins in their one season in the Championship, and brought them straight back to the premiership. If he can hold on to some players, and bring a few good ones in, they should be straight back up.
      Then again, depending on who wins the Championship, maybe Newcastle won’t even get relegated.

  2. Welcome bach Deano. I wish him every success in all competitions at Newcastle so long as they are runners up behind Leicester Tigers!
    Its a pity he’s now not available for the England job!

    1. Spot on there. He would have been a great choice for England coach. I would still rather have him than Mallett or O’Sullivan.

  3. Although Bloodgate was a silly thing to do Deano did not use drugs or try to fix a game on behalf of gamblers.

    i welcome him back to the game and wish him success at Newcastle but sadly I do not ever see him as England coach because of Bloodgate, if this hadn’t of happened maybe we wouldn’t of suffered Martin Johnson’s turgid time in charge.

  4. I was sad when bloodgate happened, he is a great coach and what he achieved at quins before that inccident was graet the great team they have now is still largely thanks to the work he did.

    He would have been a shoe in for the England job otherwise, now I don’t think he will ever get there, which is a shame, image counts in pro sport.

    I think he is a great competitor and wish him and Newcastle all the success in the world.

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