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Reds hoping right coach will bring Cooper home



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Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds have appointed a new Chief Executive and are hoping that appointing the right coach will help them sign quality players.

The Queensland Rugby Union have appointed Richard Barker as the new CEO and he will replace the departed Jim Carmichael within the next two months.

Barker is a former captain of the Queensland Country team in the mid-1980s and is currently General Manager – Southern Cross Austereo Brisbane.

The Reds sacked Richard Graham in March this year and since then Matt O’Connor and Nick Stiles have been sharing the head coach role on an interim basis.

QRU chairman Damien Frawley says that a panel has been appointed to assist in the search for a new coach and that getting the right man will ensure the Reds can attract major targets such as Quade Cooper.

“The things that attract players are you’ve got a good coach, you’ve got a good list and you’ve got good people around them that they want to play with,” Frawley said.

“Do players get that concerned by what happens up here in this building? I doubt it.”

New CEO Barker’s first task at Ballymore will be to calm things down as there have been up to eight recent redundancies in recent weeks.

Frawley admitted that there had been a major drop in revenue at the Reds and that home crowd averages are down and that they posted a loss of $1.48 million last year.,

“I know there’s a lot of loyalty that we can build upon,” Barker told AAP.

“There’s a lot of things that are happening, but if we can get them all aligned, then the results will come.

“Communication to the members is important and giving them some news which is going to keep them coming back is important … there’s a lot of things we can do to increase and strengthen that relationship.”

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