Rotherham Titans’ new coach, Alex Codling, 39, today praised the quality of the first team squad he is taking charge of and promised that he would keep on attracting young talent to the Clifton Lane club.
Codling, the favourite to succeed Andre Bester who resigned a fortnight ago after disciplinary proceedings, was appointed yesterday and officially takes over a week on Monday.
The Londoner, who was capped once by England against Argentina in 2002, played as a second row forward for Richmond, Neath, Saracens and Harlequins before establishing a solid reputation as a forwards’ coach.
Prior to his latest job, Codling, who has been teaching in Croydon, coached successfully at Ebbw Vale in South Wales, Barking, London Welsh and London Scottish where he was the forwards and defence coach when Rotherham opened their Championship campaign early in September.
“I am thrilled and honoured to have been made the Rotherham coach,” Codling said.
“I can’t wait to get started. Rotherham have made a positive start to the season and the squad is one of real quality.
“There is a lot of potential at the club and I honestly believe the players are an impressive group.
“I intend to meet them as soon as I can. I will be at the Leeds game a week on Saturday before taking over officially on Monday November 26th.
“Lee Blackett and Michael Whitehead have done a fantastic job in difficult circumstances in the absence of a coach.
“I love passionately working with players and getting the best out of them. What I want to do is to build on the strength of the squad here and to continue developing players.
“To begin with I will be commuting from the south but eventually I will live in Rotherham,” Codling added.
The Titans’ new coach has seen Rotherham twice this season; once at London Scottish who beat them in the opening game of the season and then last Sunday in Penzance where Cornish Pirates won convincingly by eight tries to two as the Titans were thrashed 53-21.
Although Codling will be assessing his squad at the Leeds game at Clifton Lane in a week’s time, he will not prepare the side.
That remains the responsibility of Blackett and Whitehead, but Codling will then take charge of the build-up to the Moseley game in Birmingham on December 1st.
He joins a Championship club which is seventh in the table with four wins and four defeats in nine league games.
One of Codling’s first jobs will be to decide if his squad needs strengthening because of the lengthy injury list.