What the hell is going on in Ulster rugby? – Brian Spencer throws down the gauntlet on behalf of supporters
The McLaughlin exit two years ago was a bad tempered and bewildering one. McLaughlin was nicked and sliced from the mud and turf of ulster rugby pitches; our man who bled native new blood and took Ulster to the final of the Heineken cup. The anger and bewilderment was cut onto his face as Humphreys ladled out an explanation, of sorts.
McLaughlin’s replacement, Mark Anscombe, took a steady Ulster Rugby ship and did good and nothing especially bad.
Now Humphreys, an architect of the McLaughlin-removal-Amscombe-takeover, has removed himself, lured by the charismatic 25 year old chief executive of Gloucester rugby.
The Humphreys bailout is a slap in the face for McLaughlin and for the supporters. The Anscombe pushout is just embarrassing. Clownish as Anscombe’s son would say. If Humphreys and his co-conspirators were going to go with Anscombe over McLaughlin, the least they could do is see their grand-but not totally clear vision through. Instead they throw in the towel.
It smacks of an organisation hungry for success tomorrow, erratic and chaotic, the behaviour of a body deeply unsure of itself, an organisation haunted by an inferiority complex, dying to be a Toulon and doing a Toulon – splashing big money and big names. Big money and big names aren’t the Ulster way.
Now we have Les Kiss, another big money big name. More Toulon when the Toulon strategy didn’t work.
Better that Ulster stick with the Ulster way of the long-view graft.