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Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Discussion started by Jay Jay , 11 February, 2020 14:00
Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Jay Jay 11 February, 2020 14:00

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
EverOptimistic 11 February, 2020 14:10
I always feel desparately sorry for Dai Young. He seems to carry the whole burden of Wasps single handedly - operations, coaching, public relations etc etc. Probably needs to take a bit more of a back seat for the sake of his health

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Rich. 11 February, 2020 14:16
Not sure if it's just badly worded but that could be interpreted to mean this is (initially at least) a short-term stepping aside and that the intention is he'll resume duties at some point

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Singapore Sam 11 February, 2020 14:28
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Rich.
Not sure if it's just badly worded but that could be interpreted to mean this is (initially at least) a short-term stepping aside and that the intention is he'll resume duties at some point

Expect it will be a bit like Robinson, the "further announcements" in due course will be that he's gone.

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
gaudi 11 February, 2020 14:44
Waiting for that old Wasps favourite Rob Howley to complete his time on the naughty step. Sad really it may help him if he was allowed to go back to work?

They haven’t banned Wray from any involvement in rugby and his misdemeanours were deliberate.

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Rinkadink 11 February, 2020 15:26
Very odd, not only the manner but the timing.

Before we recruited our Pat I would have gladly had Dai Young at the time too. Hope everything is okay there, he seems a nice guy.

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Rinkadink 12 February, 2020 08:23
Over on Wasps site

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From The Times. ......
Dai Young is stood down by Wasps amid tension over signings

Wasps are in a state of disarray following the club’s sudden decision earlier today to relieve Dai Young, the director of rugby, of his first-team duties, nominally for “an interim period”. The former Wales prop, 52, has been in charge at Wasps since 2011, overseeing the club’s move from London to Coventry five years ago, and senior players were understood to be shocked yesterday morning when they were told that Young would not be in charge for the Gallagher Premiership game away to Leicester Tigers on Saturday.

After a meeting of the club’s senior management, the news was broken to the first-team squad at Wasps’ training base that Young was stepping back from his role and that Lee Blackett, the attack coach, would be taking charge of the team this weekend. Young has not been dismissed from his position and the announcement to players was understood to be heavily loaded with legal terminology.

The director of rugby’s contract with the club runs until 2023 and paying off such a lengthy deal would be problematic for a club with considerable debts. Having finished eighth in the league last season, Wasps lie ninth in the Premiership table at present, suffering six defeats in their first nine matches.

A club statement said: “Director of rugby Dai Young will be stepping back from first-team duties for an interim period. Lee Blackett will step up to interim head coach. Further announcements will be made in due course.”

It is understood that tensions have been growing between Young and the club’s owners over the amount of money available for players next season. After the recent departures of a raft of internationals, including Elliot Daly, Nathan Hughes, Willie le Roux and Danny Cipriani, Wasps have been spending below the £7 million salary cap this season and Young had been finding it increasingly difficult to attract new signings.

The club’s ongoing struggle to secure a permanent training base has been another source of frustration, having camped in temporary accommodation at Broadstreet RFC since the move to Coventry in 2014, with the latest plan to move to a site in Henley-in-Arden in time for the start of next season.

Young joined Wasps from Cardiff Blues in 2011 and, three years later, with the club on the brink of going bust, he oversaw the move to the Ricoh Arena under the ownership of Derek Richardson, who had taken control a year earlier.

A period of success followed the move, with three consecutive top-four finishes from 2016-18 and a near miss in the 2017 Premiership final, when they were agonisingly beaten in extra time by Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham.

Last season saw them tumble out of the top four and there has been little sign of progress this season. Now Young’s future at the club is shrouded in uncertainty, with no indication of just how long his “interim” period away from the helm is likely to last.

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Hercules Spoons 12 February, 2020 09:54
I would guess Tom Young might be on the market soon.....

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
gaudi 12 February, 2020 11:20
.....and going to Cardiff Blues to reinforce his Welsh chances.

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Hercules Spoons 12 February, 2020 11:23
Is that a fact gaudi?

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
gaudi 12 February, 2020 18:01
HS - pure speculation with a logical twist, it’s where flankers go when their Dad gets blown out!

Re: Dai Young "steps down" at Wasps
Hercules Spoons 12 February, 2020 19:55
Ah! I missed the irony gaudi (but I like your architecture tho')


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