Aviva Premiership: Would Stuart Lancaster fit in at Worcester Warriors?

first_imgWatchful eye: Lancaster is known for spotting young talent and developing their game TAGS: HighlightWorcester Warriors Speaking of Sixways, the stadium has just been implemented with a new artificial grass pitch. This should allow Worcester to play a more expansive style of rugby throughout the season, a trait that aligns well with Lancaster’s rugby philosophy. He was adamant as England coach about playing a New Zealand-esque style of rugby and whilst that saw England’s traditional set-piece strengths wither a little, it’s a move that many Aviva Premiership clubs have been trying to make over recent years.Leicester Tigers snapped up Aaron Mauger, Bath have lured Todd Blackadder and Wasps are working with one of the brightest attacking minds around in Lee Blackett. If Richard Cockerill‘s Leicester, of all English teams, are looking to put speed and width on the ball, then you know times are changing in the Premiership.This scramble for coaches who can not only improve a club’s attacking fortune but also impart their philosophy and – dare we say it – culture, should not go unnoticed. The Tom Coventry experiment at London Irish may not have worked last season but that doesn’t mean that teams in the bottom half of the Premiership table shouldn’t be looking to bring on board coaching personnel who can help them make the transition to being a more proficient attacking side and Lancaster is certainly a man in that mould.Eyes of the tiger: Aaron Mauger and Richard Cockerill have Tigers runningThen, of course, there is the inevitable media attention. Wherever Lancaster does eventually lay his hat, he is, as a former England coach, going to be a magnet for the press. Coaching at Worcester, rather than say the until recently vacant positions at Bath or Harlequins, should allow him to avoid some of the media glare that he would have otherwise had to put up with at those more established Premiership clubs. Expectations are lower at Worcester, who are only entering their second season in the Premiership following a stint in the Greene King IPA Championship, and keeping clear of relegation is the achievable and not overly newsworthy goal in the short-term.The likes of Francois Hougaard, Ben Te’o, Bryce Heem and Chris Pennell populate the club’s back line and Worcester have the firepower to be an attacking force in the Premiership, something which Lancaster would certainly push forward as he attempts to harness the considerable talents of those players. Granted, it’s not a squad capable of launching a playoff push just yet or perhaps even competing for a Champions Cup qualification spot, but it is one that is on the up and would undoubtedly be an enticing project to be involved with for Lancaster.Diamond in the rough: Chris Pennell could benefit from Lancaster’s attacking philosophyWith a young English core waiting to be developed, a club eager to improve their attacking fortunes – not to mention happy to bankroll it – and being closeted away from the harshest of the media’s glare in the West Midlands, Lancaster and Worcester feel like a match made in heaven.Worcester will likely stay the course and enter the season under the stewardship of Hogg and Johnston and without a director of rugby, but Lancaster should be right at the top of their shortlist of potential acquisitions should they decide to fill the position vacated by Ryan earlier this year. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The former England supremo has a wealth of knowledge at his disposal and has shone previously in overseer roles, where he has implemented his vision over a number of years. It would be a shame for English rugby to lose a man of his experience, and with an ascending coach like Hogg already instilled at Worcester, taking the hands-on coaching emphasis off of Lancaster’s shoulders, he could dovetail perfectly with the status quo at the club.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here.center_img By Alex ShawIt’s fair to say that Stuart Lancaster has kept himself busy since he parted ways with England at the conclusion of last year’s Rugby World Cup He spent time with the Stormers in the build-up to the 2016 Super Rugby season, acting in an advisory role, before reports surfaced that he was actively looking for a coaching position in the southern hemisphere. He was subsequently linked with the vacant positions at the Reds and Western Force, as well as the Japanese national team, but with the Force job the only one of the three still available and Lancaster’s name reportedly not on their shortlist, his hopes of landing a Super Rugby job seem slim.More recently, Lancaster has been helping out at the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League (NFL), working on them with their tackling. His expertise was highly valued by the Falcons, whilst his work developing England’s age-grade structures (prior to his role as England coach) has seen him invited to share his experiences and techniques with the Football Association (FA).House of Lancaster: The ex-England coach has worked with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons His desire to coach in the southern hemisphere has been well documented and would certainly further diversify his already impressive CV, but the perfect position for him may have recently arisen a little closer to home.Worcester Warriors and Dean Ryan parted ways at the end of June, with Ryan going on to become Head of International Player Development at the RFU, and the club has decided not to immediately hire a new director of rugby, instead trusting head coach Carl Hogg and high performance director Nick Johnston with increased responsibilities for the 2016/17 season.Warriors chief executive Jim O’Toole may be reluctant to hire a new director of rugby this close to the start of the season and risk significant disruption to his squad but Lancaster must surely be a name on his mind moving forward.Lancaster’s track record of identifying talent and developing players is well known and with a senior academy crop that were well represented in England’s U20 Junior Championship winning squad this summer, not to mention an U18 side that performed very impressively in the Aviva Academy League last season, there is plenty to work with over the coming years at Sixways.last_img read more

The Week Ahead: Update on Vacant Properties

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Update on Vacant Properties Share Save This week, the Census Bureau will release its Vacancies and Homeownership Report. According to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions, over 1.5 million (1,530,563) U.S. single-family homes and condos are vacant, representing 1.6% of all homes. The report revealed that there are a total of 9,612 “zombie” homes or properties facing possible foreclosure which have been vacated by their owners nationwide, with the highest number of zombie properties in New York (2,428), followed by Florida (1,634), Illinois (985), Ohio (891) and New Jersey (463).Counties with notably high percentage of vacant homes included Ashtabula County, located northeast of Cleveland. According to Stacker, 23.3% of total homes are vacant in this country, and Ohio holds one of the highest rates of zombie homes in the country, with a total of around 891 in the state. Around half of these vacant homes are in the Cleveland-Elyria metro area, with 431 homes. Additionally, the top two zip codes nationwide with the highest number of zombie properties (with at least 100 properties in pre-foreclosure) are Cleveland zip codes 44105 (57) and 44108 (54).Some of the highest vacancy rates can be found in New Jersey. In Cape May County, New Jersey, 60.6% of total homes are unoccupied, however, nearly all are homes for seasonal or recreational use, as about half of the county’s residential real estate is vacation homes. New Jersey does still have some of the highest rates of zombie homes in the country, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. There are 463 zombie homes in New Jersey, and the 1,566 in the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area.New York, according to ATTOM, has the highest number of zombie properties, at 2,428, with many of these homes located in New York City. However, Jefferson County, located in northern New York state near the St. Lawrence River, holds the highest percentage of unoccupied homes. With 15,384 out of 60,041 homes, or 25.6%, of total homes unoccupied in Jefferson County. According to Stacker, the area has seen an exodus of residents, dampening demand and activity in its housing market. In 2017, Jefferson County suffered the second-most dramatic population decrease of 2.8% in the United State.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead.First American Real House Price Index (October 28)NAR Pending Home Sales Index (October 28)S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller (October 29)House Financial Services Hearing on LGBTQ Discrimination in Housing and Lending (October 29) Subscribe October 25, 2019 2,095 Views About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Foreclosure Vacancy zombie homes 2019-10-25 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Previous: Using Data to Your Advantage Next: Industry Impact: HUD to Address FHA Regulation The Week Ahead: Update on Vacant Properties The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure Vacancy zombie homes Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. in Daily Dose, Featured, News Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more