McLaughlin was not given enough time
In response to Ian Rainey, Brian McLaughlin is a coach of the highest calibre who has coached at international level and would no doubt have had a long illustrious coaching career had he chosen to enter the professional coaching arena at an earlier stage in life, and I'm sure that at the moment he is wondering why he did?
Have we forgotten Harry Williams, a schoolteacher, who took Ulster to their European Cup win 13 years ago? Given the opportunity I have no doubt McLaughlin would also have taken the current Ulster to success at the highest level. Few coaches achieve two consecutive Heineken Cup quarter-finals only two years after taking up post with a team languishing in the lower levels of the league. Many clubs in Europe would give their eye-teeth for such an achievement.
McLaughlin hasn't been given the opportunity to finish his work - be under no illusion, any success next season will be on the back of what he has done, not because of a new coach. This team are just ready to peak and with new signings you would expect them to win a trophy next year - lets hope they deliver!
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