Daryl Gibson reflects on tumultuous 2 years
Cape Town - Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson admits he doesn't know if he
would have taken the job if he knew what he would be getting himself into.
Gibson's first two years saw the 'Tahs finish 10th in 2017
and a record-lowest 16th last year in an initiation of sorts at the start of
his tenure. Despite pressure on him to be sacked, the 'Tahs brains trust stuck
with their man.
And now, Gibson looks to be repaying the faith shown in him,
with the Sydneysiders comfortably topping the Australian Conference, thus
setting up a home quarter-final against the Highlanders on Saturday.
But it wasn't always plain sailing as Gibson revealed in an
interview with the Fox Rugby Podcast.
“They backed me last season off two pretty average, mediocre
years,” Gibson said.
“I don’t know whether I would have taken the job when I look
“As much as it was a winning team, it was very much a team
in transition in terms of the roster, the playing list.
“The systems and everything that goes with the experience of
all your staff being in place had gone, disappeared.
“To put that back in place and to really, truly own it and
do it the way I wanted to do it - it’s taken to this point just to get here.
“One of my goals as NSW coach is making sure that part of
the legacy that I want to leave behind is all those development systems and
positions that we have in our club, are filled and work regardless of who the
head coach is."
He added: “If I had my time again, I probably would have
been a little bit more patient.
“I’ve learnt how important it is that the head coach is
supported from an organisational view.
“Having incredible stability and direction - the CEO, the
chairperson, the captain, your support staff - all in place and being really
stable and all aligned towards one direction and a firm direction.
“When I look back to 2015, when Cheik left to take on the
Wallabies, he took six staff with him, which is a big hole to fill.
“At the time we had no CEO, no general manager - the
ingredients that you need to be a really successful club weren’t in place and
so we really were starting from a blank canvas.
“For some coaches that would be a really appealing thing,
but I guess being inexperienced at that stage, I made some mistakes.
“When I reflect on that, I would have probably taken my time
a little bit more and been far more considered with my moves.”