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Aviva Premiership: London Welsh coach Lyn Jones wants to see 'vision and ambition'

Last Updated: 04/05/13 7:06pm

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Lyn Jones: Wants to see London Welsh bounce straight back

Lyn Jones: Wants to see London Welsh bounce straight back

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Lyn Jones admits he would like to remain loyal to relegated London Welsh, but the club's board must match his ambitions.

The Exiles ended their Premiership tenure on a high with a final day 33-22 bonus point win over Worcester Warriors for a fifth league victory from 22 games.

However, after a deduction of five league points for fielding an ineligible player and the devastating loss of long-time financial backer Kelvin Bryon, there is uncertainty surrounding the future of their coach.

And Jones believes that only the club's tangible ambitions to recover their Premiership status next season will keep him at the Kassam Stadium.

He said: "I came to London Welsh because there was a vision and an ambition. Maybe the plan was not as accurate as it could have been which perhaps is what has cost us this year.

"But as long as the London Welsh board show vision and ambition to come back up and take on board the lessons learnt from playing with the big boys of English rugby then, will I be there, I certainly hope I will be but only if there is a vision and ambition or we are all just wasting our time.

"I have enjoyed the Premiership. It has been a real challenge. I asked the players to enjoy it. I wasn't going to build up expectations by any stretch of the imagination.

"The players have become better people from this year. I just hope we can come back."

Different philosophy

For Worcester, it was more pain after their own off-field turmoil this season with head coach Richard Hill departing in April.

Now ex-Gloucester boss Dean Ryan takes over that role on Tuesday and will have the summer to stamp his authority on a club which has flattered to deceive over the years.

Interim coach Nigel Redman said: "Dean will come in with a different philosophy. I have not worked with Dean before so it will be interesting to see what his views are and how he feels the club will move forward."

But Redman does not fear that Ryan will get rid of him in a shake-up of coaching staff.

The ex-Bath and England lock said: "My situation is that I'm contracted for another two years so I will come into work on Tuesday."

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