Cockerill wants Edinburgh to move out of rivals’ shadows


New Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill wants his side to replace Glasgow Warriors as the dominant Scottish club.

The last time Edinburgh finished above Glasgow was in the 2008/2009 season. The capital side have finished ninth in the last two seasons.

Cockerill signed a two-year contract at the club and brings with him an outstanding CV having led Leicester Tigers to back-to-back Premiership titles in 2009 and 2010.

And the 46-year-old hopes to build a squad that is capable of competing for top honours in future but has warned that change won’t happen overnight.

“I’m not going to promise anything, I’d like us to go out and produce, and lets talk about it in hindsight,” Cockerill told BBC.

“Be consistent every week, and create a culture and environment that people want to be part of. We’ve not finished out of the bottom four since the Pro12 was started so we need to understand where we’re at, we know where we’d like to go, but we need a better process, we need to train harder, work harder, and lets see where we get to.”

The Leicester legend, who played for the club between 1992 and 2002 and coached at the club between 2005 and 2017, wants to instil a sense of self-belief in the Edinburgh squad.

“There’s a lot of things to solve,” said Cockerill. “One of those is culture and identity, getting the players to believe, not always being the younger brother of the two pro teams.

“Nothing gets fixed in two months, and we probably won’t see the fruits of it for another 12 months of so.”

After assessing the squad, the 46-year-old believes he has a strong group of players to work with.

He said: “There’s a lot of international players. Scotland have clearly done very well in the last season.

“(There is) a lot of good, young Scottish players that need to come through. There’s a lot of potential in the squad, but clearly it’s not come to fruition in the last few years and my job is to get the potential out of this squad.

“The squad is good enough to be better than where it is.”

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