Tigers set to fight on without Meyer
January 21, 2009
Martin Corry has admitted that Leicester are preparing to finish the season without Heyneke Meyer © Getty Images
Meyer's future with the club remains in doubt due to family illness in South Africa, but Corry has said that the uncertainty has not fazed the squad as they prepare for a crunch Heineken Cup tie with the Ospreys on Saturday.
"I have not been in contact with him, but [acting head coach] Richard Cockerill and the board have," Corry told The Leicester Mercury. "I am not thinking about it and nothing definite has come through to the players. But as it stands now, Richard and (backs coach) Matt O'Connor are doing a great job and, as players, we are in the mindset that this is how it is going to be until the end of the season.
"If things change, great, but if they say, 'This is how it's going to be until the end of the season', that sits perfectly fine with us."
Tigers chief executive Peter Wheeler said the club would not rush their head coach in such testing circumstances. "I have spoken to Heyneke and his situation is still very difficult from a medical point of view," said Wheeler. "I have said to him, 'let's give it another week'. If that is helpful to him, that is what we will do."
Forwards coach Cockerill looks set to be in charge of the squad for the foreseeable future, with Meyer's future set to be the subject of a Tigers' board meeting next week. Saturday's game in Swansea could well define the Tigers' season, as they look to finally build some momentum towards achieving their goals in the Premiership and Heineken Cup.
"This will be an acid test for us and, if we can go to the Ospreys and win, people might be saying, 'Leicester's tails are getting up a little bit aren't they?"' he said. "Whatever the permutations, we are going there to try to win the game. A win will get us a home quarter-final and that's what the boys want. If you get that, you have a better chance of reaching the semi-finals and then all bets are off as to who will win the competition.
"We are a good enough side to go there and win, and we have done it before in previous years."
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