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Robinson unsure on Scots vacancy

Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson
Robinson had a disappointing spell in charge of the England side

Edinburgh head coach Andy Robinson has not yet decided if he should apply for the vacant Scotland job.

Former England boss Robinson has been made clear favourite by many pundits following Frank Hadden's departure.

"I'll be thinking through and talking through with my family whether I should apply for the role of Scotland head coach," revealed Robinson.

"I agree that the SRU (Scottish Rugby Union) should take their time in this appointment."

Robinson, who had a disappointing spell in charge of England, has been at the Edinburgh helm for 18 months.

And his club skipper, Chris Paterson, gave Robinson a ringing endorsement.

"I think it'd be good if he applies but that's up to him," said the 31-year-old full-back, who is his country's most capped player and record points scorer.

We had a great away win in Argentina last year and had good performances in the autumn Tests

Scottish Rugby chief executive Gordon McKie

"I've been back at Edinburgh almost a year now and I've been really, really impressed with Robbo.

"He was a big factor in me coming back to Edinburgh. I think he's helped my game a lot, I think he's helped the team's game a lot and I've really enjoyed this year.

"I think he's an outstanding coach."

Scottish Rugby have already insisted they will not be rushed into replacing Hadden, who stepped down after four years in charge of the national team.

And chief executive Gordon McKie thinks Robinson will face competition from around the world for the post.

"Andy has a good pedigree as a coach and done very well with Edinburgh," McKie told BBC Scotland.

"But it's important that we are not rushed. Andy will be benchmarked against anyone else who might apply."

McKie was saddened by Hadden departure

Scotland's last experiment with a foreign coach, Australian Matt Williams, was generally regarded as a failure.

But McKie is not persuaded by the argument that Hadden's successor should be a Scot.

"In the last couple of years, we have recruited a number of people who are not Scottish - Andy Robinson, Graham Steadman and Mike Brewer," he added.

"I think the most important thing is that we get the right person regardless of nationality.

"It's important that we get the right person, someone whose talents should be leadership, inspiration and clearly a good man-manager and communicator."

McKie believes that Scotland have made progress during Hadden's tenure but that it was the right time for a change.

"We have made good progress, but when that progress stops we have to make a decision," he said.

"We had a great away win in Argentina last year and had good performances in the autumn Tests.

"But I felt it is time to freshen things up. We have good professional teams, the strength in depth is greater than it has been and we have a good opportunity to take us forward to the World Cup."

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Hadden and Scotland part company
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