Blame for Ulster woes doesn't stop with coach, says former star Best
Former Ulster and Ireland flanker Neil Best has warned that a change in Ulster's coaching box is only the start of the overhaul required to see the side back in trophy contention.
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The province and Director of Rugby Les Kiss parted ways on Wednesday after the Australian failed to improve results over a two-and-a-half-year tenure.
But Best, an outspoken critic of Kiss in the past, has cautioned fans that his exit is no quick fix.
"While I think it was the right decision, I fear without additional change above his level ,some of the poor decision making that has held the club back will continue to happen," said the 18-times-capped Irish star.
"Strategic planning over a three-year cycle needs to address squad profile and expectations need to be managed as that turnaround will not happen overnight."
In the short-term at least, Jono Gibbes is now heading the Ulster ticket, having arrived only last summer to work under Kiss.
The former Leinster and Clermont man has a strong CV of his own with Best hoping to see his influence when Ulster are next in action, against the Kings a week from today.
"There is an opportunity for Jono Gibbes to show his worth and get the best out of the current squad," he added.