Dragons in no mood to change coaches

NOT FOR CHANGING: Dragons director of rugby Robert Beale

NOT FOR CHANGING: Dragons director of rugby Robert Beale

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

DIRECTOR of rugby Robert Beale has insisted that there are no plans to change the coaching set-up at Newport Gwent Dragons – and he believes it isn’t just boss Darren Edwards who should be feeling the heat.

The region has made an awful start to the season with just two wins out of their nine fixtures.

The Dragons face a stiff test this weekend when they travel to face in-form Glasgow, who are looking for their sixth straight RaboDirect Pro12 victory.

With only winless Zebre beneath the region in the table, the performance of head coach Edwards and his staff, who are under contract until the end of the 2013/14 season, is under the microscope.

But Beale believes everyone, players, coaches and management, including himself, should come in for scrutiny.

“There are no changes planned as far as I am aware,” said the director of rugby.

“It hasn’t been a good start and the results have been disappointing to everyone associated with the Dragons.

“We need to ask ourselves some questions and I don’t just mean the players and coaches, I mean the business and where we want it to go.

“There will be speculation whoever is coaching, whether here or elsewhere, when a team is not producing the results that people expect.

“But there is more to it than that and things go deeper than just the coach.

“We assembled a squad for the season on the back of a budget that we were given amid all the (financial) uncertainty surrounding Welsh rugby.

“That’s not an excuse. We were happy with what we did over the summer and it’s up to the players and coaches to get the best out of each other and make sure we get the team on a winning front.

“But I am a realist and look at how other squads have improved and how they have invested financially.

“Glasgow is a classic example but the other side of it is Edinburgh, who have invested heavily and we turned them over.

“Money is not always the answer and we have to look at ourselves and look within. But that is not just the coaches and players, it’s the whole business and I include myself in that.”

Beale is unswayed in his belief that the current coaches are best placed to guide the region out of their slump.

He believes that the key to them doing that is to stick to their guns, even when they are copping flak.

“When times get tough you’ve just got to knuckle down and get on with it,” said Beale.

“They have to believe in their values and in their strategies and hope that they bring them through.

“I’ve said on a regular basis to Darren Edwards that as a head coach he has to be able to look himself in the mirror and give it the Frank Sinatra – ‘I did it my way’.

“If you are thrown off track by comments or by complaints then you will end up chasing your tail.

“Darren and his coaching team have to be true to themselves and do things the way that they believe is a successful route.

“But it’s also important to take into account the other factors of where we are as a business and I am sure he does that on a regular basis.”

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8:34am Thu 1 Nov 12

Lastpost says...

Time for the excuses and naval gazing to stop. You are a business and you do have customers.
If my car only worked for half the time or my clothes fell apart after 40 minutes then I would be back for a refund.
Just as Newport is pretending to be a city, NGD under it's current management are pretending to be a Pro12 team.
Time for the excuses and naval gazing to stop. You are a business and you do have customers. If my car only worked for half the time or my clothes fell apart after 40 minutes then I would be back for a refund. Just as Newport is pretending to be a city, NGD under it's current management are pretending to be a Pro12 team. Lastpost
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9:28am Thu 1 Nov 12

fedup fred says...

i think Mr Beale is under the mishaprehension that when the majority of supporters are calling for the inept coaching team to be replaced immediately that it does not include himself.
i think Mr Beale is under the mishaprehension that when the majority of supporters are calling for the inept coaching team to be replaced immediately that it does not include himself. fedup fred
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10:10am Thu 1 Nov 12

the dork says...

Its the dreaded vote of confidence......coac
hing changes are on the way
Its the dreaded vote of confidence......coac hing changes are on the way the dork
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11:12am Thu 1 Nov 12

Regionalist says...

Ah, so that's what Bonker does.
Ah, so that's what Bonker does. Regionalist
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12:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

monkeytennisboy says...

“I’ve said on a regular basis to Darren Edwards that as a head coach he has to be able to look himself in the mirror and give it the Frank Sinatra – ‘I did it my way’.
Blind leading the blind.
“I’ve said on a regular basis to Darren Edwards that as a head coach he has to be able to look himself in the mirror and give it the Frank Sinatra – ‘I did it my way’. Blind leading the blind. monkeytennisboy
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7:23pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Dai the Milk says...

Frank Sinatra? What about 'Call Me Irresponsible'......
..... 'Don't Blame Me'............. 'Don't Like Goodbyes'........ 'Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong'..............
'Five Minutes More'.............or best of all 'The Game Is Over'.?
Frank Sinatra? What about 'Call Me Irresponsible'...... ..... 'Don't Blame Me'............. 'Don't Like Goodbyes'........ 'Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong'.............. 'Five Minutes More'.............or best of all 'The Game Is Over'.? Dai the Milk
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5:45am Fri 2 Nov 12

East Newport Dave says...

Dai the Milk wrote:
Frank Sinatra? What about 'Call Me Irresponsible'......

..... 'Don't Blame Me'............. 'Don't Like Goodbyes'........ 'Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong'..............

'Five Minutes More'.............or best of all 'The Game Is Over'.?
How about 'The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum'?

“We need to ask ourselves some questions and I don’t just mean the players and coaches, I mean the business and where we want it to go.'

Thanks for that Bonker. The Director of Rugby has admitted he doesn't know where the business wants to go!!!

If there is no clear business strategy/ aims it is not surprising that the ship is rudderless.

I'm sure that this is in place but Bonker may not know what it is. I am amazed that someone of his calibre is employed in his post.
[quote][p][bold]Dai the Milk[/bold] wrote: Frank Sinatra? What about 'Call Me Irresponsible'...... ..... 'Don't Blame Me'............. 'Don't Like Goodbyes'........ 'Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong'.............. 'Five Minutes More'.............or best of all 'The Game Is Over'.?[/p][/quote]How about 'The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum'? “We need to ask ourselves some questions and I don’t just mean the players and coaches, I mean the business and where we want it to go.' Thanks for that Bonker. The Director of Rugby has admitted he doesn't know where the business wants to go!!! If there is no clear business strategy/ aims it is not surprising that the ship is rudderless. I'm sure that this is in place but Bonker may not know what it is. I am amazed that someone of his calibre is employed in his post. East Newport Dave
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1:22pm Fri 2 Nov 12

JTFish says...

East Newport Dave wrote:
Dai the Milk wrote: Frank Sinatra? What about 'Call Me Irresponsible'...... ..... 'Don't Blame Me'............. 'Don't Like Goodbyes'........ 'Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong'.............. 'Five Minutes More'.............or best of all 'The Game Is Over'.?
How about 'The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum'? “We need to ask ourselves some questions and I don’t just mean the players and coaches, I mean the business and where we want it to go.' Thanks for that Bonker. The Director of Rugby has admitted he doesn't know where the business wants to go!!! If there is no clear business strategy/ aims it is not surprising that the ship is rudderless. I'm sure that this is in place but Bonker may not know what it is. I am amazed that someone of his calibre is employed in his post.
Good by RB, DE and RA!!

Shut the door on your way out!

Mr Beale hate of Newport RFC supporters is widely known! or is it Newport RFC?

Lets get some perspective. We aren’t going to win by superior skill, size or experience! We have to bring them down to our level and catch them out with our unity as a team we once had!
[quote][p][bold]East Newport Dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai the Milk[/bold] wrote: Frank Sinatra? What about 'Call Me Irresponsible'...... ..... 'Don't Blame Me'............. 'Don't Like Goodbyes'........ 'Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong'.............. 'Five Minutes More'.............or best of all 'The Game Is Over'.?[/p][/quote]How about 'The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum'? “We need to ask ourselves some questions and I don’t just mean the players and coaches, I mean the business and where we want it to go.' Thanks for that Bonker. The Director of Rugby has admitted he doesn't know where the business wants to go!!! If there is no clear business strategy/ aims it is not surprising that the ship is rudderless. I'm sure that this is in place but Bonker may not know what it is. I am amazed that someone of his calibre is employed in his post.[/p][/quote]Good by RB, DE and RA!! Shut the door on your way out! Mr Beale hate of Newport RFC supporters is widely known! or is it Newport RFC? Lets get some perspective. We aren’t going to win by superior skill, size or experience! We have to bring them down to our level and catch them out with our unity as a team we once had! JTFish
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9:04pm Fri 2 Nov 12

monkeytennisboy says...

Beale get out and take your halfwitted coaching pals with you.
Beale get out and take your halfwitted coaching pals with you. monkeytennisboy
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3:43pm Sat 3 Nov 12

cdfdragon says...

Beale, you really are a joke!
Beale, you really are a joke! cdfdragon
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