The squad needs a major overhaul and the new manager, whoever it will be, cannot be afraid to sweep the decks
because the club's major investor won't be scared of doing so.
The disappointment around last Friday's 39-27 home loss to Gloucester makes the temptation to sweep the decks
an almost irresistible one, given that eight of their nine World Cup stars are now available to them.
Terry Butcher did not arrive at Highfield Road clutching a big broom ready to sweep the decks
clean of what John Sillett had left; his has been more a gradual transformation.
The Belgian Blue cow, who is four in July, is just starting out on a showing career, and was placed second in her class the other week at the Ayr show before coming south of the Border to sweep the decks
at the Corbridge event yesterday.
Any new broom was going to want to sweep the decks
, which is expensive, and then want a commitment to spending.
It's an opportunity to sweep the decks
clean, relaunch the ship with more responsible owners and competent officers in charge.