Andy Robinson: Pressure to succeed at Bristol Rugby will be just as great as with England or Scotland
ANDY Robinson will put himself under exactly the same pressure to succeed at Bristol as he did when he was leading England and Scotland.
Robinson will begin his role as Bristol’s director of rugby on March 1, having signed a contract that will take him up to the end of the 2016-17 season.
The former England, Scotland, Bath and Edinburgh head coach, who was forwards coach on two British & Irish Lions tours, was confirmed as Bristol’s director of rugby at a press conference yesterday.
And he said his target was to help ensure that Bristol not only return to the Aviva Premiership, from which they were relegated in 2009, but that they stay there and become competitive at the top end.
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Robinson will work alongside Liam Middleton, who is staying on as head coach, and repeatedly stressed they would operate as a partnership.
“It’s about a partnership, so you’ve got to be able to work together,” said Robinson.
“At this stage of the season, as somebody new coming in, it’s important for me how I conduct myself and how I work with Liam.
“I’m very respectful of his position and the work he has put into this club, so I’ll be working with him and the other coaches.
“Right from board level, through to the players and the supporters, I can see ambition here – and that’s huge for any club. I think there’s a desire here from everyone to be successful but it’s also important you put the hard work in.
“The ambition has got to be not just to get into the Premiership but to be successful in the Premiership.”
Robinson has coached in some of the toughest and highest-pressure environments in world rugby, including two Lions tours and two World Cups.
He was Sir Clive Woodward’s right-hand man when England won the World Cup in 2003 and has a wealth of experience at the top of the club and international game.
But he said the pressure he would put himself under to make Bristol a successful side would be no different to that he experienced with England or Scotland.
“There’s always pressure there and you create that pressure for yourself,” he said.
“I’ve always had this thing that for any player, wherever they’re playing, to imagine that there’s somebody in the world who will be interested in the game you’re playing in and they’ll be looking at the result.
“All over the world, there will be people looking at the Bristol result, because they played for Bristol, or they’ve supported Bristol, or some of their family members support Bristol.
“I was asked once whether there was more pressure coaching Scotland than England – and I said that there was the same pressure.
“There was the same desire, because the Scottish supporters all wanted Scotland to be successful – and that was the same with England.
“And it’s the same with Bristol, because the whole city wants Bristol to be successful and will look for the result. There’s good pressure there for us to perform and to be successful.”
Robinson is relishing the opportunity to return to day-to-day coaching, having last coached a club when he was in charge of Edinburgh from 2007 to 2009.
And while the specifics of his role are yet to be confirmed, he did confirm: “I will be having a tracksuit – and a suit.”
And, after revealing Bristol chairman Chris Booy and majority shareholder Steve Lansdown first made contact with him “five or six weeks ago”, Robinson said it was merely a coincidence that he has accepted a job close to his family home in Bath after years of travelling.
“For me it was about going to a club that has ambition and somewhere where I can make a difference,” he said. “The fact that it’s a 40-minute trip for me is great – and at the game on Sunday my family were made very welcome. You can see that it’s a family club and that’s important to me as well.
“Having met with Chris and Steve, I liked the ambition the club have and the value-set that’s there is aligned to my values.
“Ultimately, I felt this was a place where I was going to enjoy my work, a place that would be passionate about the game, and where I felt I could make a difference.”