Booth looks to mark 10 years in styleBy Alan Manicom
January 13, 2012
Toby Booth hopes to celebrate 10 years at London Irish by keeping alive the club’s faint Heineken Cup hopes.
Exiles will honour their head coach by making a presentation to him before tomorrow’s home game against Cardiff Blues.
And his players will be desperate to give him the win required to maintain the club’s interest in the competition going into their final Pool 2 game at Edinburgh a week Sunday.
Irish have alternated between winning and losing for the last eight weeks and Booth said:
“We’ve got to strive for that extra consistency. We’ve been talking about that this week as a group.
“At this halfway stage it’s critical because there’s certainly no lack of effort, no lack of desire. We just need to be a little bit more streetwise.
“We’ve worked very hard at discipline.
Our penalty count is averaging at seven a game now. Earlier in the season it was above 10.
“We are going to get the occasional sin-binning, that’s the where the game is at the moment.
“But the citings are down and we’re working very hard to tip the balance in our favour.”
Booth, who is the longest-serving coach at a single Premiership club, having risen up the ranks from assistant academy manager to take over the top job in 2008, added: “We’ve got a horrific injury situation and we’ve had a depleted squad for all but a month.
“But if we can get 50 per cent of those people back that will make a significant difference. That’s where I think we’ll get more consistency.”