Local reaction to Tigers’ appointment of Matt O’Connor

By Ross Barnett

Matt O’Connor is set to take the reins at Leicester Tigers after the crunch match against Northampton at the weekend.

O’Connor will replace ex-All Black, Aaron Mauger who acted as interim head coach when Richard Cockerill left the side at the turn of the year, having a poor run of form including a 42-13 loss to Glasgow Warriors and a 38-0 thumping at the hands of Munster Rugby.

Mauger spent 3 years as a player at Welford Road, collecting 53 appearances from 2007-2010 before taking a backroom role at the East Midlands side, where he won four out of his last five matches including a victory over Exeter in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final.

The decision was greeted with scepticism with various players taking to social media to express their feelings.


Season ticket holder, Alex Blackwell, was dumbfounded at the decision; “I think it is extremely harsh on [Aaron] Mauger as he seemed to have just started to get the results and performances to turn around especially in the last two games.

“With only five games left I don’t see the harm of giving him until the end of the season.

“O’Connor was good for us before so hopefully he can spark a reaction in the short term and get his systems in place quickly.

“I think in the long term it’s good, just a bit strange in the short term.”

Matt O’Connor takes the reins after a crunch match against rivals Northampton at the weekend.

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