THE announcement that Rotherham Titans’ coach Alex Codling is leaving at the end of the season calls into question exactly what is happening behind the scenes of the club and how it is run, writes Star reporter Guy Williams.
Professional rugby often lacks certainty, but in Rotherham’s case, chaos appears never far from the surface.
This season had already seen the departure of one coach, Andre Bester, and now comes the resignation of Codling who, like his predecessor, has undoubtedly clashed with the board over the current and future direction of the club. To pretend otherwise is simply not right.
What should concern the directors, the players and supporters is that Rotherham, one of England’s top 24 clubs and one which is genuinely respected by opponents, may lose its reputation if it keeps on losing coaches.
Now that Rotherham have to find a new leader for next season, will the current instability put off applicants of real pedigree? Will potential players go elsewhere because the Titans organisation have a topsy turvy image?
Directors Martin Jenkinson and Nick Cragg deserve great credit because they saved the club from going under and have been generous financially.
However, Rotherham, and they are not alone in the Championship, do not have the money to regain their place in the Premiership or to retain their best players.
One of the major reasons why the Titans struggle - despite funding from the directors, sponsors and loyal supporters - is the failure of the RFU to properly finance the Championship.
Funding of more than £300,000 a year is insufficient to pay for a professional game, and it is a good standard in the Championship, the level below the Premiership.
If it all possible in tough economic conditions, Rotherham urgently require several more wealthy investors if they are to make progress, and if it can be so arranged, the club’s timing must be transformed.
Twice this season in the week leading up to the South Yorkshire derby, Rotherham have been plunged into disarray by the announcement that the coach is leaving.
My view is that the time has come for Rotherham Titans to be managed with more foresight and efficiency, otherwise the future is grim.