Former England Star - Neil Back - Named As New Rugby Lions Coach
|Published: 5th July 2011 15:29|
Neil Back is the new head coach of Rugby Lions.
Former Leeds Carnegie boss Neil Back says "it's not about the money" after signing a five-year deal with lowly Rugby Lions.
The England great has swapped life in the Aviva Premiership for National League 3 Midlands - a drop of four tiers - and he insists he wants to use the job to gain experience before coaching "at the very highest level".
Rugby Lions have secured investment from businessman Michael Aland who wants to give the town of Rugby a club to be proud of given the fact the sport's name originated from Rugby School.
And Back says he has bought into that vision after being targeted immediately after resigning from his post at Headingley following Carnegie's relegation to The Championship.
"This is an incredible challenge and one which, after a great deal of thought, I felt I could not turn down," Back said.
"It's a big call for me having coached in the Premiership and I have asked myself whether it's a retrograde step given how ambitious I am.
"But it's not about money. Nor is this an easy option by any stretch of the imagination, which is why I asked for a five-year contract.
"I believe that turning around Rugby and getting the club to the Premiership would be a significant achievement and one I can use as a stepping stone to coaching at the very highest level."