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Telfer questions Robinson clamour

Andy Robinson and Frank Hadden
Andy Robinson has emerged as the favourite to succeed Frank Hadden

Former Scotland coach Jim Telfer has urged against the quick appointment of Andy Robinson to succeed Frank Hadden.

Hadden, 54, stepped down as coach of the national side on Thursday after four years in charge.

And former England coach Robinson, now in charge of Edinburgh, has emerged as the favourite for the post.

But Telfer told BBC Scotland that recruiting Robinson would be "too cosy" and urged the Scottish Rugby Union to take their time and find the right man.

Hadden parted company with Scotland after failing to improve their record in the Six Nations.

Scottish rugby's parent body had set a target of winning a minimum of two wins per campaign, but Hadden recorded just a single victory in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 championships.

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The search for a new head coach is already under way, with Robinson and Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen, the New Zealand-born former Scotland international, being viewed as the early frontrunners.

However, Telfer warned against making a swift appointment.

"After defeat at Twickenham, it was inevitable because he hadn't reached his winning target of 40%," Telfer said of Hadden's departure.

"It's probably right that he should go at this time because the team hasn't been performing all that well."

Robinson won just nine of his 22 matches in the Twickenham hot-seat after replacing World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward in 2004 and resigned from the post in November 2006.

And Telfer admitted he had concerns over his suitability for the Scotland post.

Jim Telfer
Obviously, Andy's a coach who has performed at a higher level. But he did lose the England job because he wasn't successful

Jim Telfer

"Obviously, he's a coach who has performed at a higher level," he said. "But he did lose the England job because he wasn't successful.

"So I would look around a bit before jumping to any conclusions. Coaching the Scotland side isn't like coaching an English team.

"You have to know the environment you are going to be in. I wouldn't say Robinson's a shoe-in; he may be the cheapest option because he's already in Scotland."

Telfer said he did not believe there were enough quality Scottish coaches capable of leading the national side.

"I'm sure there are coaches abroad - and I don't think there's a Scotsman who could do the job at the moment," he said.

"In recent years, there hasn't been a great policy for developing Scottish-born coaches. We only have two teams and they're both being coached by foreigners.

"There's a logjam for the development of young Scottish coaches because they don't have enough avenues for them to coach in."

Earlier this week, former Scotland international Gavin Hastings said Scotland needed to replace Hadden with a world class coach if the were to make any significant inroads to success.

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see also
Hadden and Scotland part company
02 Apr 09 |  Scottish
The rise and fall of Frank Hadden
02 Apr 09 |  Scottish
Hadden non-committal over future
21 Mar 09 |  Rugby Union
Lineen backing under-fire Hadden
26 Mar 09 |  Scottish
Robinson sympathy for Hadden heat
25 Mar 09 |  Scottish
Inconsistency to blame - Telfer
23 Mar 09 |  Scottish
England 26-12 Scotland
21 Mar 09 |  Rugby Union
Scots are behind Hadden - Blair
19 Mar 09 |  Scottish

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