Rugby Union: Alex is to quit Rotherham Titans

Titans Coach Alex Codling.
Titans Coach Alex Codling.
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ROTHERHAM Titans’ coach Alex Codling is on his way out of the club.

The Star believes 39-year-old Codling will stay to prepare the squad for the remaining Championship matches against Doncaster Knights, Cornish Pirates, Leeds, Moseley and London Scottish.

Codling, who arrived in November to take over from Andre Bester, is thought to have told the squad of some personal issues, which this newspaper has undertaken not to make public. But he will select the side for the derby at Doncaster on Saturday. Rumours that Codling’s future was open to question began circulating last week and gathered strength after Saturday’s match against Newcastle.

It was suggested the coach had fallen out with directors Martin Jenkinson and Nick Cragg, over funding for next season.

“There has been no fall out with Alex and I wanted him stay until the end of the season and beyond,” said Jenkinson.

“We were more than happy with the job Alex is doing and we’d give him a glowing reference.

“We wanted him to carry on. Since he took over in difficult circumstances, Alex has done a superb, professional job. In terms of his coaching he’s light years ahead of anyone we’ve had.”

The directors may say that there have been no disagreements between them and Codling, yet sources close to the ambitious coach say that it is known he, Cragg and Jenkinson have clashed on the current and future direction of the Titans.

Codling said: “I made the right decision to come to Rotherham and believe I made a significant difference. I will give 100% to the club between now and the end of the season as there is still much to do to put Titans in the best position possible to approach the 2013/14 Season. It is with regret that I have resigned but sometimes things do not work out no matter how much you wish them to do so.”