Diamond cranks up war of words with Cockerill
January 3, 2014
Steve Diamond and Richard Cockerill have not seen eye to eye this week © Getty Images and PA Photos
Sale boss Steve Diamond has cranked up the war of words with his Leicester counterpart Richard Cockerill claiming the Tigers coach's accusations of cheating levelled at his Sharks side show he is "under pressure".
Diamond and Cockerill were involved in an unsavoury verbal spat in the aftermath of Leicester's 30-23 win over Sale at Welford Road on Saturday. Cockerill was unhappy with the manner in which Sale were scrummaging, saying the Sharks were cheating, while Diamond responded with a thinly veiled accusation that Leicester were breaking the salary cap.
And Diamond has told the Daily Mail he feels Cockerill's comments are the sign of someone who is "under pressure".
He went on to reiterate his worries over Leicester's spending power, saying: "You can't put a round plug in a square hole, but some clubs manage to do it. If I was an amateur magician even I couldn't do that.
"What it does for those of us who play by the rules is it makes your jobs doubly difficult. I'd like the Leicester bosses to come and coach with the player resources we have."
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