Gold: Relegation could help Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons interim coach Gary Gold said that the Falcons could benefit from being relegated is their relegation from the Aviva Premiership goes ahead.


Gold’s Falcons beat London Wasps 10-14 at Adams Park but the result means that Newcastle finish bottom of the Premiership.


However Newcastle will only be relegated if Bristol win the Championship as they have a stadium which complies with Premiership requirements.


Former South African Rugby World Cup forwards coach Gold says that if they are dropped Newcastle will bounce back.


“Harlequins, Northampton and Worcester have all improved as clubs due to relegation, and I would expect the same for the Falcons,” he told the BBC.


“They are a great bunch of guys who were up for the fight.”


Gold, who joined Newcastle in January with a brief to try and avoid relegation added,”It was a very emotional day, and the consequences are very upsetting.


“We were fighting for our lives. At 10-0 down there was perhaps a reason to give up, but the players didn’t.


“My goal when I came to Newcastle was to keep them in the Premiership. We had to throw the kitchen sink at it, but we had the belief we could do it.”


Newcastle must wait until May the 30th to find out if they will be relegated as Bristol, London Welsh, Bedford and Cornish Pirates are all contesting the play-offs, although it is understood that only Bristol meet Premiership entry criteria.


Bedford Blues or Cornish Pirates have not applied to join the Premiership so if they win Newcastle would keep their place in the Premiership.


In addition if Bristol or London Welsh fail to pass the Premiership’s audit but win the Falcons will stay up.


Gold’s time with the Falcons has come to an end regardless of what happens to the Falcons as former Harlequins Director of Rugby Dean Richards will take over.


Richards is highly regarded but has been out of rugby due to a ban since 2009 for his part in the Harlequins ‘Bloodgate’ saga.


“I wanted to hand the club over to Dean in a better shape, but I think the players have improved significantly,” added Gold.


Former London Irish coach Gold has been closely linked with a couple of Premiership teams next season but the strongest link appears to be with Bath after Sir Ian McGeechan’s departure.

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