NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup


Dickens moves to defence
By Saint Ted
May 23 2018

Northampton Saints can today confirm the Club’s coaching line-up for next season, with Alan Dickens confirmed as defence coach and Phil Dowson moving to forwards coach.

Last week Matt Ferguson was announced as Saints’ scrum coach, becoming the third new name on the Club’s coaching roster after incoming director of rugby Chris Boyd and backs & attack coach Sam Vesty.

Boyd will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens from the Hurricanes upon the conclusion of the Super Rugby season, while Vesty makes the journey across the Midlands from Worcester Warriors – but two former Saints players in Dickens and Dowson will complete the impressive line-up of English coaches.

Dickens took charge of first-team affairs for most of this season as interim head coach, and will return to the Club’s defence coach role, a postition in which he excelled during Northampton’s trophy-laden period between 2012 and 2016.

Meanwhile Dowson – who made 187 first-team appearances in a six-year playing career at Franklin’s Gardens – moves into the vacant forwards coach position after impressing in his first season coaching.

“I’m thrilled that our coaching set-up is now in place with plenty of time to spare before preseason, and I’m confident Alan, Sam, Phil and Matt will complement each other well,” said Boyd.

“I said when I took this role that I wanted a young English coaching group, and I’m pleased to have assembled one which is highly motivated and ambitious.”

Dickens said: “I’m really looking forward to next season already and I am hugely driven to help the whole squad as much as I can. This season taught me a lot as a coach, and I’m now focused on playing my part within this new coaching team.”

Dowson added: “I feel as though I am learning all the time in this new stage of my career and I jumped at the chance to be a part of this coaching group under Chris Boyd. I can’t wait to get stuck in again in preseason in June.”

Northampton Saints’ coaching team for 2018-19 season:
Chris Boyd – Director of Rugby
Alan Dickens – Defence Coach
Sam Vesty – Backs & Attack Coach
Phil Dowson – Forwards Coach
Matt Ferguson – Assistant Coach (Scrum)

 

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NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 14:06

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Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 14:07

Apologies to Suffolk Saint who's thread I deleted instead of merged!

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 14:13

It's as I suspected. Very happy with that line up. Dowson is highly rated by the players by all accounts. Looking forward to the new season. Just need a few extra players now...

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 14:15

I believe Boyd might bring a fitness guy...

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 14:20

What makes you say that?

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: St Saltaire (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 15:03

Pleased to see Alan D back as Defence coach. Letís hope we replicate our previous defence strength with the Boyd/Canes attacking flair. Looking forward to next season - not something I have been able to do for the past three years.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: SuffolkSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 15:06

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Saint Ted
Apologies to Suffolk Saint who's thread I deleted instead of merged!

No problem smiling smiley

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Bob Stainsby (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 15:39

Yep me too St Saltaire that set up looks good to me from my limited knowledge of modern day coaching. But our defense under Alan D was pretty good and Dowse has done some good work with the forwards despite being in an awkward place as the jam in the sandwich as it were.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 17:10

Very much as expected for the simple reason that Saints cannot afford to pay anyone else off and then take on another high profile coach.

As an aside, I was down at the ground today and Dorian is still floating around.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 17:52

I guess he's still being paid so still has bits to do.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Rubadubdub; remember Seb Tubb? (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 18:27

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Wilson Pickett
I believe Boyd might bring a fitness guy...

mark Finney apparently took redundancy...

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 19:46

Glad it's confirmed - good to see Dickens in defence as that does need tightening up. And it'll be interesting to see how Dowson progresses.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Angus67 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 19:52

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Mobbs
Very much as expected for the simple reason that Saints cannot afford to pay anyone else off and then take on another high profile coach.
As an aside, I was down at the ground today and Dorian is still floating around.

I am finding it very hard to associate Dorian with 'floating' :-)

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 20:27

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Rubadubdub; remember Seb Tubb?
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Wilson Pickett
I believe Boyd might bring a fitness guy...

mark Finney apparently took redundancy...

I believe Tom Bullough has been promoted to Head of Conditioning - looks like a cost cutting exercise if Finney was offered redundancy

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 21:23

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tedge
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Rubadubdub; remember Seb Tubb?
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Wilson Pickett
I believe Boyd might bring a fitness guy...

mark Finney apparently took redundancy...

I believe Tom Bullough has been promoted to Head of Conditioning - looks like a cost cutting exercise if Finney was offered redundancy

Played at uni with Tom. Appears well thought of at saints.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2018 21:37

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Angus67
Quote:
Mobbs
Very much as expected for the simple reason that Saints cannot afford to pay anyone else off and then take on another high profile coach.
As an aside, I was down at the ground today and Dorian is still floating around.

I am finding it very hard to associate Dorian with 'floating' :-)

I find floaters quite difficult to get rid of sometimes.


Perhaps my flush needs attention.....

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: chappers_saint (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2018 20:29

Fresh start, just what we need. Let's hope lessons have been learned from the past era mistakes. Listen to the players, especially those with a wealth of experience.

I like our coaching line-up let's hope the back room staff are just as good. We need a world class conditioning coach, we did not look fit last season.

Only thing that worries me is the playing staff, need put and out 8, another 15 and a 13 that can lead the attack and not slip off tackles.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Eif Jones (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2018 01:54

It's not compulsory as a Saints fan to like the coaching set up, it is allowed to have some criticism.

Defence last season was a joke, much of the time a 'starter for 4' was conceded before the players even woke up. As a horrific example, considering the Ospreys problem all season of scoring tries (the worst in the Pro14), it must have been a pleasant change for them to come up against the Saints.

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2018 05:56

Itís just the relentless and inane references to welsh rugby which hasnít produce a single European cup winner (one finalist when it was Micky Mouse) or a World Cup winning team

Even Saints have won the European cup and England have won a World Cup

If these were kiwi references Iím sure theyíd be taken seriously

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: Dragonboy (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2018 06:34

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Wilson Pickett
Itís just the relentless and inane references to welsh rugby which hasnít produce a single European cup winner (one finalist when it was Micky Mouse) or a World Cup winning team
Even Saints have won the European cup and England have won a World Cup

If these were kiwi references Iím sure theyíd be taken seriously
+1

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2018 08:04

Why do all things Saints have to be compared with all things Welsh ?

Re: NEWS: Saints announce new coaching lineup
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2018 08:13

Yes Eif, that's why it's good that Dickens is going back to defence, which he wasn't doing last season.

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