Super Rugby
Reds go back to the future as Connolly returns
ESPN Staff
May 9, 2015
The Reds slump to a new low following a 58-17 loss to the Crusaders (Australia only)

Queensland Reds have responded to public pressure and made a change at the top, but coach Richard Graham has, for now, survived.

The 2011 Super Rugby champions have instead opted to go back to the future with the signing of former coach John Connolly as a consultant, the Queensland Rugby favourite to commence his role immediately as the Reds try to salvage some pride from an otherwise disastrous season.

Reds boss Jim Carmichael said the franchise had been conducting a comprehensive review for some time and that the move was not a knee-jerk reaction to the 58-17 hammering at the hands of the Crusaders on Friday night.

"The last two seasons' results have been very disappointing for the team and for all of our fans," Carmichael said. "It is also simply unacceptable to the organisation. For some time we have been conducting an extensive review of our high performance area to ensure our structures and systems deliver the expected outcomes. Through this process we have identified areas that require strengthening to provide our team and coaching staff with the appropriate support moving forward.

"John's appointment provides an important layer of that support and will also offer further valuable insights to our ongoing review due for completion at the end of the current season. Meanwhile other important appointments in support of the coaching staff will be announced in the coming weeks."

Graham looks to have the support of the board for the time being, but his position beyond this season must be in danger. The Reds have recorded just the two wins in 2015 and sit in 14th position on the Super Rugby ladder.

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