Ex-Gloucester boss Ryan makes frontline coaching return with Scotland
FORMER Gloucester boss Dean Ryan is back in frontline coaching for the first time since leaving Kingsholm – with Scotland.
The ex-England number eight has taken up a 12-week contract as interim forwards coach, to work under temporary Scotland boss Scott Johnson for the course of the forthcoming Six Nations.
Still based in Cheltenham, Ryan has mixed his Sky Sports punditry with a number of consultancy roles at clubs since leaving Gloucester in 2009.
Ryan offered his expertise to Old Patesians in the pre-season, while his latest role has been with Newport Gwent Dragons.
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But this international task is his first major coaching job since his unceremonious Kingsholm exit.
Former Bristol boss and Wasps loose forward Ryan explained: “I’ve responded to an invitation from Scott (Johnson) to assist the Scotland management team over the next 12 weeks and will look to bring my experience to bear to give Scotland players the best opportunity to represent their country in the best way.”
Scotland’s interim forwards coach is Stevie Scott, the man dumped out of Sale Sharks’ revamped set-up earlier this season, while defence coach Matt Taylor and specialist coaches Duncan hodge and Massimo Cuttita continue in the management line-up too.
Since leaving Kingsholm Ryan has had plenty of opportunity to return to frontline coaching full-time, but still seems slightly reticent to do so.
While this new role remains a short-term arrangement at this stage, should it prove successful there will be no barrier to him continuing permanently.
After taking the Kingsholm helm in 2005, Ryan guided Gloucester to the Premiership final in 2007 – only for his side to be overrun 44-16.
The Cherry and Whites lost their Premiership semi-final against Leicester in 2008, but despite all the promise and the near-misses Ryan’s tenure unravelled a year later.
Hefty 50-12 defeat to Cardiff Blues in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final ultimately cost Ryan his job at Gloucester, but now – nearly four years on – he makes his first return to top-line coaching.