ELLON Rugby Club’s troubled season took another twist this week when head coach Mike Avis called time on the senior squad, citing player power as his reason for his resignation.
“I will not be coaching the senior team with immediate effect. I want to devote time to the juniors at the club, they are the future. I know I am a good coach as my awards have shown, plus the fact the Under 16’s are now in the National Cup quarter-finals. Sadly I don’t believe the seniors wish to be coached. In many ways I am saddened because I greatly enjoy coaching, but clearly some players just want do it their way, and it’s dragging the team the wrong way,” said Avis after informing club president Colin Tennant of his decision to quit.
Tennant accepted his head coach’s resignation and will now move to meet all members of the club to decide the future of the 35 year old club.
In the meantime former captain and prop Bobby Kenny has volunteered to coach the side until the end of the season.
Ellon has been on a poor run of form, including three consecutive home defeats, conceding 125 points in the process.
In it’s poorest performance to date, Ellon were swept away on Saturday, losing 50 - 10 to Dunfermline, looking like a side bereft of ideas and leadership.
The rugby fraternity in the North - east will be watching with some dismay as one of its most successful sides loses its fourth coach in five years.
The team might well be happy with an away game this week, giving them the opportunity to re-group and re-gain some pride at Warnock.
This week’s announcement did not come as a surprise to those sources near to the club in a month when the head coach has been critical of some of his players, a vice-president has resigned, and the second fifteen has folded up.
Ironically Avis has won recognition as a coach, winning the UK Youth Coach of the Year and receiving his award from the Princess Royal at a ceremony held last year in London.