How come we are getting rid of him? I know from what I've read that he has a new job lined up at Toulouse and Townsend is taking over (is he involved in the set-up already?), but was this mutual or an SRU decision?
He's off to Montpellier - a job which he arranged after it became clear that the SRU were not renewing his contract.
Basically the SRU have panicked big-time over the prospect of 'losing' Gregor Townsend to coaching jobs in England, France or possibly the Southern Hemisphere. At the moment Townsend is coach of Glasgow, where he has admittedly overseen a dramatic upturn in fortunes, turning Glasgow into regular contenders in the Pro-12 league as well as putting together a couple of decent European runs. The SRU is directly responsible for Scotland's two pro teams (Edinburgh and Glasgow), and at some point in the last few months, Townsend has clearly suggested that he was considering leaving Scotland. The SRU panicked, offered him the Scotland job without first telling Cotter that his services would no longer be required (a huge professional discourtesy to such a fine and experienced coach), and now we are where we are.
The whole thing is an absolute farce, and you should have heard the mutterings at full-time from the normally placid Murrayfield crowd as Cotter was taking his farewell bows: "Why are we letting him go", "I hope to fuck we know what we are doing" etc etc.
What should have happened, of course, is Cotter remaining in post until, say, the next RWC, but putting in place a timeline on the understanding that the job would eventually be Townsend's. In the meantime Toonie, who in fairness is probably largely blameless in all this, could have gone off to coach in S Africa or wherever and then come back to Scotland with his already impressive coaching credentials enhanced.
Once again, the SRU appears hell-bent on rivalling the SFA for utter incompetence.
Edited by The Oxford Don, 21 March 2017 - 10:51 AM.