In last week’s column, I mentioned our new Director of Rugby Brett Davey and his new coaching team and I used the well known term “the King is dead, long live the King”. Well, just as Brett is the new King, it would be remiss of me not to comment here about the “old King”, his predecessor Lynn Howells, whose four year spell with the Knights has come to an end.
Lynn made it quite clear a year ago that this would be his last season with us as he thought that four years with any club is long enough for a coach and, to be fair, it is a practice that we, at Doncaster Rugby Club, have always followed. Lynn has had a varied coaching career covering, amongst others, his beloved Pontypridd, Cardiff, Celtic Warriors and Edinburgh as well as a spell in Italy. He was also the caretaker coach for the Welsh national team for a summer tour.
Thinking back on his time with us, Lynn will probably regret that the Knights did not achieve more after having reached the semi-finals of the inaugural British and Irish Cup and, only a couple of weeks ago, being one score away from reaching the semi-final the Championship play-offs.
In some ways perhaps this last season was Lynn’s most successful for achieving what he did with a playing budget that had been reduced by over one third. Having talked to Lynn, he has made it quite clear that he has no intention of retiring and he has instructed his agent to pursue any jobs that may be suitable for him.
In the meantime he is moving back to South Wales with his family and friends while he awaits the outcome as well as, perhaps, seeking any coaching consultancy work that may be available in the principality.
I was fortunate to work closely with Lynn on a number of issues, particularly around the player recruitment/contracting period and it was always very interesting to say the least.
Lynn was always very approachable whether you were a Director, a member, a supporter, a youngster or just a casual watcher and he was good company socially.
I would like to thank Lynn for all his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.