CHAIRMAN Nick Cragg has sent out a message to supporters on the eve of the new season, saying: “We want to put the heart back into our club.”
Cragg and rugby director Martin Jenkinson had to endure a tough season both on and off the field last season, including watching the side slide to the bottom of the Championship and ultimately relieve Justin Burnell of his coaching duties as a result.
They moved quickly to bring in Andy Key, who had been in the frame prior to Mark Jones’ appointment two years back, while also tightening up in other off-pitch matters.
It’s all served to get the Clifton Lane ethos back to where it was under the Lee Blackett regime, when the now-Wasps backs coach pressed the need to re-engage the playing side of the club with the fans.
It worked a treat and Cragg says that spirit is returning.
“We need the supporters behind us and I hold my hands up here,” he said.
“Ultimately the responsibility is mine I guess. We didn’t have a very good time last year and we chose some paths which were not the right ones.
“We have now held our hands up and we are now trying to do it better."
There's much more from Nick Cragg ahead of tomorrow's kick off on SIX dedicated Tiatans pages in today's Sports Pull-Out.