Redruth begin search for Dave Penberthy's replacement

Dave Penberthy
Dave Penberthy is leaving the club after a decade of coaching

Redruth have advertised for a new head coach for next season.

The move follows director of rugby Dave Penberthy's announcement that he was quitting his role at the end of the current National Two South campaign.

"With David's departure we're taking a chance to have a good look at the way rugby's been managed," Redruth secretary Roger Watson told BBC Sport.

"We're looking for someone who's at least level two qualified and has experience at National League level."

The club are using the chance of the new appointment to change the structure of coaching within the club.

"A lot of the roles David did were financial ones, but they'll go in-house with our operations manager.

"The new head coach will be a coach in that his concentration will be solely on the rugby.

"He'll look after the first XV and senior sides and have an overview throughout the club so we have a uniform approach to coaching from under-7's upwards," Watson said.

The post will not be full-time and Watson says he expects Cornish-based coaches to apply for the role.

"With the amount of money we can afford to pay we're looking locally, we've not got big money to bring someone down.

"But there are lots of good coaches in Cornwall," he added.

Redruth were relegated from National One at the end of last season and are fifth in the National Two South table.

And Watson says there is no pressure on the new coach to deliver immediate promotion.

"Realistically we're going to be looking at a period of consolidation.

"There are some players in the squad who are perhaps coming towards the end of their careers so we will be looking to bring youngsters through, which is the ethos of the club anyway.

"Financial constraints dictate that we can't go shopping for players, we have to breed our own.

"This is a good time for a coach to come in as there will be younger players coming through to mould in the style he wants to play."

And the club are hopeful of making an appointment within the next six weeks or so.

"We're hoping to be able to do it by the end of February, then we've got assistants to appoint, but we want the new coach to be involved in that.

"The plan is for them to get next year's squad in place before this year finishes, we're looking for a seamless transition from the Dave Penberthy period onwards," Watson said.