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Richard Cockerill not worried about Leicester sack

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Leciester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill claims he does not fear the sack despite his side's dismal start to the season, reports BBC Sport.

The Tigers have already suffered three Aviva Premiership defeats - including a 45-0 thrashing at the hands of Bath - and currently sit 10th in the table, already 10 points adrift of early leaders Northampton.

Defiance

Former England hooker Cockerill however remains defiant about his position, insisting he should take the blame for their poor form thus far.

"Am I under pressure? I don't know. My record stands up against anybody," Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

"I don't want any, or need any, reassurance about my position. I will not worry about getting the sack because it is pointless - I will worry about the game on Friday night.

"When we lose it's my fault. I should take responsibility for it. If that puts pressure on my position then so be it."

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Injury woes

Leicester have suffered an unprecedented amount of early season injuries to key players, including Tom Youngs - who will miss England's autumn Tests with a shoulder problem - as well as Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Louis Deacon, Ed Slater and Manu Tuilagi.

Whilst their absences have no doubt contributed to the difficult start to the new Aviva Premiership campaign, Cockerill is refusing to accept it as an excuse for their recent defeats.

He said: "I will not blame the players or the staff or conditioning staff or have a knee-jerk reaction.

"I am not here to protect my job, I am here to coach the team and be as good as we can be - until someone decides that is not the role for me anymore."

No rash decisions

The 43-year old also allayed fans fears that he may look to shake up the backroom staff and he added: "If I'm going to start chucking mud at the players and staff and sack one or two people to placate the situation then that is wrong and irresponsible from me.

"I will stick by my staff; we have good people and good players. We have an extraordinary situation that we are in and we will deal with it. That is my job."

Cockerill will be hoping for a reverse in fortunes when they host Harlequins on Friday night.

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