McGeechan eyes return to Bath glory days

IAN McGEECHAN has immediately targeted a return to Bath’s glory days after being appointed as the club’s new performance director.

The four-time Lions supremo will join forces with head coach Steve Meehan in a bid to bring major honours back to the club after 12 largely success-starved years.

McGeechan has been recruited on a two-year deal to take charge of Bath’s behind-the-scenes structures and upgrading the club’s academy system.

Bath were the dominant club in English rugby during the 1980s and the last years of the amateur era but they have not won a top tournament since the 1998 Heineken Cup.

Their only success in that period was in the second-tier European Challenge Cup in 2008 – but Bath’s new multi- millionaire owner Bruce Craig has vowed to end that barren run. The club have moved to an impressive new training base at Farleigh Manor and the recruitment of McGeechan as “the best of the best” is the next step in Craig’s plan.

“This is an exciting project. The team is going well under Steve,” said McGeechan.

“Now we are looking at the challenge to keep evolving, to have everything in place to have a consistent and successful team.”


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