Jake has his work cut out
10 Dec 2008
World Cup winning coach Jake White admits he has a hard road ahead of him in his role as consultant to struggling French Top 14 side Toulon.
White, who was recently brought in by club owner Mourad Boudjellal in a temporary role as technical advisor, claimed there were several problems to be addressed after watching Toulon’s 14-10 defeat to Montpellier in the European Challenge Cup last Friday.
“The scrum and defence were okay, but the lineout was very poor and the kicking game only average,” said White.
White, who recently took charge of the Barbarians against the Wallabies at Wembley Stadium, was at training this week getting to know the players and the coaching staff and will deliver his first assessment at the end of the week.
“It is difficult to have an opinion having only attended one training session. I’m waiting to see what the plan is for the next few days.
“This week I’m going to observe how the team prepares for Saturday’s match [the return leg against Montpellier] and I will then prepare an analysis on what can be improved.”
White claimed he was not at the club to simply provide advice for the short-term.
“I’m not only here to give advice as a consultant, but also to assess whether Toulon can become stronger in the next two years and become French champions.”
Toulon, who currently lie third from bottom in the league, have struggled since making their return to the top flight despite Boudjellal’s bankroll which has brought in the likes of Jerry Collins and Joe van Niekerk.
The club’s first attempt to bring in a consultant failed horribly when former Wallabies mentor John Connolly reportedly clashed with coach Tana Umaga and left after just a day.