Duncan Hodge admits he is disappointed not to have secured the Edinburgh Rugby head coaching post on a full-time basis, but he has promised to give the incoming Richard Cockerill his full support.
Last weekend, just after he had watched his side being beaten by Leinster on Friday night, Hodge was informed by the decision makers at Scottish Rugby that the former Leicester Tigers man would be joining the club as Head Coach this summer on a two-year deal.
The news came as a blow to Hodge who has been in position as Acting Head Coach since the end of September when Alan Solomons left.
Cockerill’s name had been mooted by many in rugby for a few weeks, but with Hodge claiming to not be “a social media hound” the first he heard about it officially was from the powers that be was after the 39-10 defeat in Dublin.
“[The news that Cockerill had been appointed] was the news that we were given over the weekend and we have to get on with it and focus on the match against Cardiff and the rest of the season,” the 42-year-old, who is set to be Backs Coach under Cockerill, stated.
“Then everyone else heard the news on Monday and it was a bit of a tricky few days, but there you go.
“Yes [I was disappointed not to get the job], I mean it is something I would love to do and people know that so I am disappointed, but that is life and that is pro sport.
“In due course I will be speaking to the powers that be to sort out how things will work going forward.
“I had a brief conversation with Richard on Tuesday night and he was just phoning me to touch base. It was just a five minute phone call, but I am sure we will talk more in the coming weeks.
“He has been hugely successful down at Leicester and built up a good reputation and he is obviously an experienced head coach.
“It is difficult to always know what someone is like until you coach with them and I look forward to meeting him.
“I think it is a good move for Edinburgh and I am sure he will have a point to prove. He is an experienced man and he will know what he wants to achieve.”
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