Richardson, Coventry’s director of rugby, will learn his fate early
In an unprecedented move the club’s chairman Keith Fairbrother
asked Richardson to ‘stand down’ 24 hours before last Saturday’s
match against Exeter.
Fairbrother was unhappy with the manner of the team’s performance
in losing the previous games against Orrell and Leeds.
He was vindicated in his action, when, despite arctic conditions of
gale force winds driving sleet and rain horizontally, the team beat
Some within the Coundon Road club believed Richardson was stifling
the team’s attacking capabilities for the sake of a stereotyped,
bump and ruck style.
Speaking from Heathrow Airport before flying to New York for a week
on business Fairbrother said:
"The matter will be resolved when I return.
"As for the Exeter match, the team produced a pulsating,
entertaining 75 point thriller in appalling playing conditions.
"I told them before the match that they had to remember they
are in show business. The supporters want to see winning rugby which
"I told them they had been playing like a plodding boxer
with no variation in his tactics. I said they should be more like
Richardson learned the match result at his home near Gloucester and
though it is possible his job will still be there at Coventry, perhaps
in some modified form, the consensus in the club is that he will make
He is still coach to England’s under-21 team and probably feels
his future lies within the international set up.
He was appointed director of rugby at Coventry in succession to
Derek Eves, the Bristolian, who by force of personality and compelling
performances on the pitch, led the club out of the Third Division and
into the Second Division play-offs in just three years.
But Coventry suffered financially and the receiver was called in,
at which point Fairbrother, together with other businessmen, stepped
in to buy the club. Coventry are now in the process of trying to
finance a new ground at The Butts having sold Coundon Road to housing