Newcastle appoint Gary Gold as new Director of Rugby

South African forwards coach and former London Irish head coach Gary Gold has joined Newcastle Falcons as Director of Rugby until the end of the season.

Following Newcastle’s loss to Exeter last weekend, owner Semore Kurdi has decided to act, bringing in both Gold and former England defensive coach Mike Ford. Alan Tait is apparently taking a break from the game, but the rest of his coaching staff remain at the club.

Kurdi commented: “I would like to welcome Gary and Mike to the club. They will be a great asset alongside the existing coaching team and this is a demonstration of our intent to fight back and secure our Aviva Premiership status.”

“This is an exciting challenge and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in the Aviva Premiership,” said Gold. “Newcastle Falcons is a big club with big ambitions and an owner who is very determined so anything is possible. I know a lot about the players and the traditions of the club so I am really looking forward to the challenge of keeping top-flight rugby in the North East.”

Could a coaching shuffle change things around for Newcastle, or is it too late?

6 thoughts on “Newcastle appoint Gary Gold as new Director of Rugby

  1. Gut feeling is that it’s come too late. Some quick signings this month could make a difference, but the squad is too weak. Ford should be able to do a job on the defence though (in a good way).

  2. It could bring them to life for the second half of the season. Often coaching changes have dramatic effects.

    However i’m not sure they have the squad to stay up. I think the teams above the Falcons are superior sides Worcester are the only one close to them on that front, and they have been playing well of late.

    Relegation isn’t necessarily a bad thing for them though. Admittedly the Championship is improving as a competition, but a rebuilding year could work well. Look at Quins and the Saints…

  3. Semore is an owner who wants the best for the club. Alan Tait knew that something had to change, and it took some nerve to say that to the press. Some coaches wouldnt. Nine games left, 36 points to be had. Wasps are a target in the league, on and off they arent doing as good as the Falcons. Do we want a national league or a league that is based around the M5 M4 corridor and London. 5 South West teams wouldnt be good for English rugby. So good luck to Gary Gold and the Falcons.

  4. It’s a mammoth task. If you look at previous seasons teams have needed about 28-32 points to be safe. Wasps could be caught for sure, but even with their inconsistent performances so far they will probably pick up more points in the run in to May than Newcastle.

    You also have to take into account that the Falcons have played their “easier” home games already and not picked up the points. They have got Bath, Leicester and Gloucester away, as well as crunch ties with Wasps and Worcester on the road. Additionally they still need to welcome Quins and Sarries. I’d love to be optimistic for them as it is important for the AP to have a presence in the north ahead of the 2015 World Cup but I don’t see it happening I’m afraid.

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