Exeter boss Rob Baxter backs Pete Drewett at Albion

Pete Drewett and Rob Baxter
Baxter (right) assisted Drewett when he was in charge at Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has backed new Plymouth Albion boss Pete Drewett to succeed at the Brickfields.

Baxter was an assistant to Drewett and took over from him at Sandy Park after he was sacked in 2009.

Drewett was after Graham Dawe's sacking.

"It's as fantastic opportunity and I think Plymouth are a big club in a big city and I'm going to watch with great interest to see what happens there in the next few weeks," Baxter said.

But Baxter, who led Exeter to promotion from the Championship in his first season in charge at Sandy Park, says Drewett has a tough task ahead of him.

"He's got a bit of a job on his hands because the Championship is a tough competition and people really do need to appreciate that. It's tougher than a lot of rugby pundits would give it credit for," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"Plymouth obviously want to fight out of that bottom area of the league and get towards that top eight and then the end of the season will be pleasurable whatever they get out of it.

"What they want to avoid is being dragged into that bottom four dog-fight and then the relegation dog-fight because nobody really enjoys that and that's been our aim in the Premiership, to stay out of that pressure environment at the bottom of the league."

The Chiefs have a number of young players at Albion on dual-registration deals such as England Under-20s players Henry Slade and Jack Nowell.

"We've got the relationship with Plymouth and we've got the academy guys dual-registered there and that will continue," Baxter continued.

"The Championship has been a great grounding for these guys and they've all improved massively with their time at Plymouth and at the Cornish Pirates."