Dean Ryan promises Gloucester rethink

Gloucester boss Dean Ryan says that he will have start from scratch with his squad after his team were ripped to shreds by Cardiff in the EDF Energy Cup final.


Gloucester have earned a reputation of reaching finals and then choking and today was no different as they lost 50-12 to Cardiff Blues.


The loss was Gloucester’s fourth Twickenham final loss in a row


Ryan has previously put down past failures to being part of a learning curve, but today he pulled no punches when he declared his team requires radical surgery.


“This journey is coming to an end and I don’t mind taking a step back to start another journey,” he said.


“We’ve been successful in reaching finals, we just haven’t won trophies. We must start the journey again with another group of players.


“Today we were significantly second best and we can’t hide from that. Previous encounters have been about learning, today was about reality.

 

“We deserve credit for reaching finals year-in, year-out but I don’t want to keep losing them.

“This group isn’t good enough to compete at this level. We have to accept that and it will be part of our review over the summer.


“You have got to recognise when the learning process is over and I think everyone at this club is at that point.

 

“We will look at taking the club in a different direction with a different group of people in the next year. We must address the problem with recruitment.

“It’s no accident that some of this squad haven’t gone on to become internationals and it’s no accident we don’t have five or six Lions contenders.”


Ryan referred questions over his position to Gloucester owner Tom Walkinshaw but insisted loyalty to his players was his greatest failing.


“I fear for this industry – it’s constantly about the jobs of directors of rugby,” he told EDFEnergyCup.


“We were sat at the top of the Premiership for two years but when it comes to finals my side is coming second best.

 

“I need to accept that and come up with plans to take us forward. I also need to see if Tom wants me to do that.

 

“If there’s something I’ve done wrong in the past it’s keeping faith with individuals hoping they’d improve when there were opportunities to change.

 

“That’s not a mistake – I like to see players get better – but that process doesn’t always end in a bed of roses.

 

“If there’s a failing then it’s probably because I kept faith with them for a year too long.”

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