West laments Cockerill sacking

Date published: January 5 2017

Northampton Saints coach Dorian West has expressed his dismay after Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill
was fired.

West noted that Cockerill was put in a difficult position after having to compete with clubs with more money in recent seasons, even with Leicester having recruited well ahead of the current season.

Cockerill was sacked by Leicester earlier this week having won three Premiership titles during his time in charge.

"It’s sad to see someone like Cockers leave a job like that," West told the Northampton Chronicle

"They are tough jobs and teams in the middle part of the table, we’re all under pressure to keep up with the teams who are probably bigger financially than we are at the minute and who are winning games at the top of the league.

"We’re all under that pressure and we’re all having to work as hard as we can to get the results we need to stay in touch with them.

"Cockers, to be fair to him, is one that has maintained that attitude, that hard-nosed approach to the game that Leicester have.

"A lot of that has come down to him over the past few years and they’ve won a lot of games you didn’t think they’d have a chance of winning so fair play to him and we wish him all the best for what he does next."