Humphreys aware of huge expectations

Date published: August 22 2014

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New Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys is ready for the high expectations which will come with his new role.

New Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys is ready for the high expectations which will come with his new role.

Despite an underwhelming campaign last time out, where the Cherry & Whites finished ninth in the Premiership, Gloucester fans are expecting an immediate turnaround, and the former Ulster and Ireland fly-half is aware of the pressure.

He replaced Nigel Davies over the off-season, and has made a number of changes to the coaching staff, with Laurie Fisher, John Muggleton and former England U20s coach Nick Walshe, all coming in.

And with his team expected to mount an immediate challenge for the title, Humphreys admits he is relishing the challenge.

“When I first took the job, someone told me who had been here a long time that the expectation among Gloucester supporters is that they are going to win the league almost every year,” said Humphreys.

“So we've got to manage that and understand that is the environment we are coming into.

“Putting a team together is not as simple as bringing in good players and good coaches, and then hoping it all works. There is a certain chemistry that needs to be there.

“There has been a huge amount of work that has gone on in pre-season. Physically, the players are in great shape, but it is very hard to start talking about where we are going to finish and make predictions.

“If you look at the quality of player in the Gloucester squad, the quality of player that has been here for a number of years and then you add in the international-quality players who have been recruited over the last few months, there is no doubt it is a very good squad.

“But it takes more than that. If you look throughout the Premiership, a lot of the teams we will be competing with have also recruited very well and strengthened, so it is very hard to know where we are going to sit.

“By November, when we have gone through the first phase of Premiership games, that will give us a better feel of where we are and a better feel of what needs to be done and how we are going to do it.”

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