Job risk doesn’t worry Cockerill

Date published: October 8 2014

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Underfire Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admits the prospect of getting the sack is not something that concerns him.

Underfire Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admits the prospect of getting the sack is not something that concerns him.

A plague of injuries have once again undone the Tigers start to the season, with 21 players currently sidelined.

Enough to destabilise any club, Leicester have lost three of their first five matches including a 45-0 hammering from Bath.

For Cockerill though the priority is looking after his squad and getting the team to find some form as opposed to his own job.

“I am not here to protect my job,” Cockerill told the Daily Telegraph.

“That would be a slow death. I know the score. If a club like Leicester can get rid of the likes of Dean Richards and Bob Dwyer, then I know exactly how it can end.

“We are in this together and we will come out the other end. There is only so much players can say anyway. I need to protect the playing environment. I’ll talk about things. This is my responsibility.

“If there is mud being slung, I’ll take it. It’s my fault if we lose. I’m not worried about getting the sack.”

The former England hooker also refuted accusations made last week regarding Leicester’s training methods as being the cause for so many casualties.

“My sleeping patterns aren’t great, waking at 4am and thinking about what needs to be done. It’s only right that supporters should have their say. But I won’t have uneducated comments directed at my back-room staff, spouting rubbish about our culture being too hard and players getting injured,” added Cockerill.

“The one thing I won’t stand for is others being made a scapegoat. I won’t do that just to get myself 12 more months in the job. I will not shirk, and I will not hide away. That is how I still manage to have credibility in the changing room.”

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