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Would Rob Baxter be as effective elsewhere?
Posted by: SimonH38
Date: 27/11/2017 19:34
Would Rob Baxter be as effective elsewhere?

Everyone knows Rob Baxter's credentials by now, which as an Exonian have been founded on playing, captaining, assistant coach, and now head coach with only a brief time away from the club. His father, uncle, and brother were all stalwarts. Many of his Father and Uncle's team mates are now on the Board.

Coaching is about empowerment, and having the confidence of the Board, and Tony Row to build (and resource) a long-term plan - with coaches and players able to ensure you exceed expectations at each milestone. Baxter has, without question, done that brilliantly.

The local lads coming through is a real pleasure to see.

Surely Rob will get calls to discuss external roles, there are rumours that he could be invited to be interviewed for the Wales job, he has to be a contender for England after RWC, notwithstanding other Prem clubs wishing to improve who may face some challenges.

Rob has demonstrably promoted Ali Hepher to the press, who took on England Saxons, and has stated openly he should be considered for a Head Coaching role somewhere.

Head coaching roles now are becoming like soccer,and unlike the progressive building that has taken place at Exeter starting at the County Ground, also coinciding with the development of the professional game. Entering a new role, without the deep foundations Rob has at Exeter would make him more dependant on achieving results than he is at Exeter, which ironically is why he has achieved them!

He is a capable coach and DoR without question, but I don't seem him leaving Exeter until he accepts his last coaching role, and if that's with England (the logical role) it might be his last.

The depth of the squad is very impressive (with everyone fit, try picking a team and it becomes a debate in virtually every position!) but I can see Rob making progress in Europe, maintaining a top 4 place in the Prem before making a final step.

Purely speculation, but IF England are prepared to appoint a coach without international experience (sadly none of the top coaches are English) then Rob could be it, and I could see him assisting EJ for the Lions in SA and England being a final role as he steps into the unknown of England.

Could he be as successful? No. The conditions at Exeter are unique for him, and without an interim international role the Expectations for the England coaching role after the next RWC could be very difficult. That said, I have no doubt he would acquit very England well.

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