Videos gives new insight into why Paul Gustard had to leave Harlequins rugby club
Harlequins coach Paul Gustard has been ousted with immediate effect from Harlequins Rugby Club after the club released a statement on Wednesday bringing an end to the ex- England assistance’s coaching stints at the Stoop.
The final straw came when Harlequins disappointingly lost to London Irish in the Gallagher Premiership. The team had a strong lead in the first half of that match, but somehow managed to throw away a 10 point lead. They are now sitting at 6th in the table.
The club can confirm Paul Gustard has left his role as Head of Rugby.
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) January 20, 2021
The club released the statement today confirming that he will no longer be coach, and that he will be leaving with immediate effect.
The Rugby Onslaught investigation unit has found a video from 2 weeks ago which Harlequins released on their social media. This could give us an insight into he may have left the club at this stage.
The video shows the Harlequins team in preparation for their European matches against Munster and Racing 92.
In the video, players such as Marcus Smith, Mike Brown and others look clearly disillusioned with the coaching set up. There is one particular clip where you can see the coaching analyst talking about how precise the team need to be to win the next game. However, despite reacting positively they look tired beleaguered and out of ideas before the game even started.
The statement read…
Paul, who joined the Club in the summer of 2018, has overseen a major transformation of the playing squad and departs with Harlequins competing for the second consecutive year in the Heineken Champions Cup. Having narrowly missed out on qualification for the playoffs of the Gallagher Premiership in his first season, Harlequins has continued to develop over the last two years.
The Club thanks Paul for his tireless energy and commitment over the last two and a half years. His passion and drive to succeed have been evident throughout his time at the Club. Everyone at Harlequins wishes Paul and his family all the very best for the future.