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Coach Dossett quits Newbury Blues

Chris Dossett
Dossett says he no longer feels he can commit the time to coaching Newbury

Newbury Blues' crisis has deepened with the news that coach Chris Dossett has resigned after one season in charge.

A lack of funds has already seen the majority of the squad leave the club at the end of the season.

But Dossett told BBC Radio Berkshire this is not the reason for him leaving the club.

"I just feel that now is the time to move on and spend a bit more time with my family and my employer, Portsmouth Grammar School," he said.

"I was assistant with Ben Ryan for two-and-a-half seasons and I was head coach last year and really enjoyed it, but I've reflected on the commitment a part-time coach has to put in.

"It is hard work - you have to put in a lot of hours - but most do it because they love rugby. Hours pouring over videos and training sessions aren't too bad if you enjoy doing it."

Whoever takes over, I'm sure they're joining a really good club who have a reputation for playing attractive running rugby and I'm sure they'll do very well.

Chris Dossett

"I like a challenge as much as the next man. But my family's my priority and it always has been.

"I've got a good job as director of sport at Portsmouth Grammar School - the Newbury job has always been my hobby, even though I've spent hours and hours doing it."

Sixteen players have left the cash-strapped club since the end of the season, including former England international David Rees, captain Tim Walsh and Chris Ashwin.

But despite the exodus, Dossett says Newbury can continue to survive in National 1.

"There's a lot of good people at the club - Martin Nutt has just re-signed this week and Andy Widdop is Mr Newbury really, he's been there man and boy and is well respected," he said.

"Newbury are still a National 1 rugby club and will attract some good players. It'll be a challenge next year but I'm confident with the set-up that if they bring in good new coaching they can achieve success next year.

"Andy Hickling has been assistant for the last year and he's done a good job.

"There's a lot of good coaches out there who, like me, are ready to step up to the next job.

"But whoever takes over, I'm sure they're joining a really good club who have a reputation for playing attractive running rugby and I'm sure they'll do very well."


see also
Newbury out to avenge Welsh loss
22 Feb 08 |  English


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