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Logan backs Robinson for Scotland

Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson
Robinson is being tipped to take over from the departed Frank Hadden

Former Scotland winger Kenny Logan has become the latest rugby pundit to urge the appointment of Edinburgh's Andy Robinson as national coach.

The former England coach is likely to be one of the candidates following the departure of Frank Hadden.

And Logan told BBC Scotland: "I would definitely be looking at someone like Andy Robinson.

"He is a coach who has won the World Cup, Heineken Cup, Grand Slam and Six Nations. We need a man at that level."

But Logan, who praised Robinson's recent work with Edinburgh, has not joined the critics of Hadden, who departed after recording just a single win in each of the last three Six Nations championships.

"Frank has definitely closed the gap," he said.

"When Frank took over, we were in a right mess after Matt Williams.

If we can dominate the Magners League year-in, year-out, the Heineken Cup will start to come in for us

Kenny Logan

"He had some good wins - but consistency has not been there.

"This year, we've played a lot of good rugby, probably the best for a while, and narrowed the gap to about seven to 10 points.

"But we have two years until the World Cup and there was no use making the change in coach next year.

"There's no use having a coach at the same level as Frank. We've got to have a coach who knows how to win big games and has done it."

Logan was speaking as a Heineken rugby ambassador ahead of this weekend's quarter-finals, with the final at Murrayfield now guaranteed to have no home representation.

He believes that Scotland's future must be built first by success in the Magners League, where Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors compete with representatives of other Celtic nations.

"England have 12 teams, France have 16, while Ireland and Wales have only four," said Logan.

"So the chances of us getting to the quarter-finals with only two is very hard.

"We have got to concentrate on the Celtic League first.

"If we can dominate that year-in, year-out, the Heineken Cup will start to come in for us.

"The teams who do well in the Heineken Cup have all done well in their own league first."

Logan believes that the final in Edinburgh will still capture the imagination of the Scottish public.

"Murrayfield is one of the best stadiums in the world," he said.

"Unfortunately, there will be no Scottish interest, but it's going to be a great occasion and we'll be able to see two good teams decide who is the best in Europe."

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see also
Robinson unsure on Scots vacancy
04 Apr 09 |  Scottish
Telfer questions Robinson clamour
03 Apr 09 |  Scottish
Hadden and Scotland part company
02 Apr 09 |  Scottish

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