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Former Leicester hero Lewis Moody says there needs to be change at Tigers. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeThings need to get worse before they get better for Leicester Tigers if they are to compete with the elite once again, according to club legend Lewis Moody.An up and down campaign saw Leicester miss out on the Premiership play offs for the first time since 2004 this year, finishing in fifth position behind Newcastle Falcons.But despite being a constant presence in the top four for more than a decade, Moody believes the East Midlands side’s fall from grace has been a long time coming.And former flanker Moody is not confident his old side will bounce back next season, suggesting drastic changes need to take place for the Tigers to roar again.Read MoreSeven Leicester Tigers prospects are ready for under 20 world cup challenge”I think Leicester need the wheels to fall off, I don’t think they’ve fallen off enough almost, because they are happy still papering over the cracks,” said the World Cup winner.”They have got some really wonderful coaches there, Geordan Murphy is a great young coach and I think many people would like to see the reins handed over to him.”I think he has a feel for the club and where it’s come from, where he wants to take it and he has very different coaching approach to those who have been there recently.”But I think really for change to happen they need the wheels to come off completely and at the moment, maybe missing out on the top four is not enough of a collapse to change.Geordan Murphy is a young coach says Lewis Moody. Picture Ben Hoskins/Getty Images”Leicester will always be there or thereabouts because they are a tough, uncompromising side that has a relentless work ethic and you’ve got the likes of Tom Youngs, who’s heart and soul of the club and epitomises everything that team is about.”You’ve then got behind him Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and a handful of other senior players who really know what it’s like to play for Leicester, but I don’t think they have the quality around those guys to deliver the goods.”Leicester won nine trophies in ten years from 1993 to 2002 and Moody was part of the Tigers side which lifted the Premiership title in 2008/09 and 2009/10.While he has seen promising signs from the club’s academy and highly rates coach Geordan Murphy, Moody, who made more than 200 appearances for Tigers, wants his old club to return to the formula that made them such a success in the late ’90s, early 2000s.”The recruitment policy over the last ten years has not been what it should be, and although the academy is turning a corner at Leicester now, it will take years to see the rewards,” added Moody, speaking at this season’s Premiership Rugby Final where he met hundreds of youngsters from the national grassroots rugby initiative, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.”Ultimately, they need to get back to the model that Exeter have defined themselves on and that’s bringing home grown talent through that has a relentless work ethic and understands the values of the club and what it takes at this level.

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