Foley’s follys shouldn’t earn him the Force coaching job
Michael Foley. AAP Images
It’s hard to tell the sanity difference between beleaguered coach Michael Foley allegedly leaving the Waratahs and heading west to coach the Force and a thoroughbred named Howmuchdoyouloveme.
Not a lot, just a struck match.
The inmates must be taking over the asylum.
The rugby rumours are rife that the Force want Foley, despite his record-breaking first season 12 losses in 16 games, the last eight in succession.
But where there’s smoke there’s fire, which is hard to fathom when the Force had, or do have, the choice of former Springbok and Italian coach Nick Mallett, former All Black and Force coach John Mitchell, and the impressive former Randwick coach Michael Cheika, who has enjoyed success at Leinster and Stade Francais.
And a chance to nab John Kirwan, now coaching Japan, after a stint coaching Italy, before the Auckland Blues sign him.
But it’s inconceivable Foley would give a minute’s thought to leave the Waratahs that boasted nine Wallabies against Wales, to take on the Force that had just two.
If Foley can’t win Super Rugby games with a lot of talent, what chance has he to succeed with precious little?
Especially if Wallaby and Force captain David Pocock heads east to join the Brumbies, another strong rumour with legs.
Pocock is the Force, without him the franchise would be even more fragile. And Nathan Sharpe’s about to retire, and then there’d be none in gold.
But if the Foley rumours are right, that would open the door for Cheika to coach the Waratahs and wipe the egg off the Waratah Board member’s faces with their incredible decision to retain Foley in the first place.
The next week should sort out the rugby asylum, but there’s no hope for those decision-makers who ticked off on Howmuchdoyouloveme: impossible to fit on any saddle cloth, and a race caller’s nightmare.
By the way, there’s no connection between Michael Foley and Howmuchdoyouloveme.
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