Smith one to know why Lewis will enrich Bees
Moseley head coach Ian Smith has welcomed Allan Lewis to the city and backed his former mentor to do a good job as director of rugby at Pertemps Bees.
Lewis agreed to take over at Sharmans Cross Road yesterday and will be charged with keeping the club in National One or guiding them back into the First Division if they are relegated at the end of the season.
Smith, who is in his fourth campaign with Bees' bitter rivals and who has not only restored Moseley to level two but established them as a side to be reckoned with, knows Lewis well having both played and coached under him.
It was Lewis who first put Smith in a Red and Black shirt when he was director of rugby at The Reddings in 1997. Although he left when Mose went into administration a year later he contacted Smith in 2000 to join him on the staff at Newport where the pair spent two years together.
More recently the two have been in regular touch, with Lewis in his role at Hartpury College, who like Moseley have a partnership with Premiership club Gloucester.
''Having worked with him I have the utmost respect for Allan - as a work colleague and also a good friend,'' Smith said. ''What he brings in terms of rugby is fantastic with his experience, knowledge of the game and the level at which he has coached.
''I am not sure if he can keep them in the league because I haven't analysed their fixtures but what is certain is that whatever happens he will improve the environment he's in.''
Even though he has spent the last few seasons in student rugby Smith is confident Lewis will be able to make the step back into the professional game. ''He will be completely up to speed, it's a simple game and the way he passed on information and his man-management are very good. I really could not talk too highly of him,'' the former Scotland international said.