Glasgow Appoint Franco Smith as Head Coach

After much anticipation, the wait is over. Glasgow Warriors announced this week that Franco Smith will be taking charge of the side on a two-year contract. Smith is joining Scotstoun after leaving his position as Head of High Performance for the Italian men’s National team. Smith has also served as the head coach for Italy before Kieran Crowley, along with stints as a back coach for the South African side the Cheetahs at both Currie Cup and Super Rugby level. After working a notice period in Italy before joining Scotstoun, Smith will already have been in close talks with his assistant coaches Nigel Carolan, Peter Murchie, Alasdair Dickinson and Pete Horne in the run-up to the preseason fixtures. It has been a mixed reaction from the Warrior Nation. Some fans and journalists have written Smith off before he’s even entered the country, whereas others are quite content with the appointment. Underwhelming appointment from Glasgow Warriors.— Rob Robertson (@SDM_Robertson) August 2, 2022 With the current state of the team offering mid-table prospects in recent season, Glasgow were never going to sign a huge name despite the potential in the squad. Smith is an outsider which is what I think Glasgow need. We need someone who isn’t going to allow the SRU to walk all over them. Having experienced what it is like coaching a national side, Smith should know how to keep a hold of the dressing room. Glasgow need someone with experience and the ability to dig their heels in when necessary in order to form a team with his own identity on it. He’s already turned one club around so I have faith Smith can do what he did with Benettonagain with this Glasgow side. The post Glasgow Appoint Franco Smith as Head Coach appeared first on Scottish Rugby Blog.