Brian Dick finds Worcester's new coach looking for some consensus...
The Anthony Eddy era begun at Sixways this week, not to the sounds of drumbeats and hallelujahs but amid gentle words of conciliation and compromise.
The softly spoken Australian assumed the role of head coach at the start of this month and, in his first public utterances since his arrival, promised to consult with Worcester's Warriors about their preferences for everything from playing style to training regimen.
It was a sharp contrast to his predecessor, Andy Keast, who was invited to pursue other interests following and end of season coaching review - just a few weeks after guiding the club to Premiership safety in their first top-flight season.
The former Harlequins and London Irish supremo appeared to be a victim of his own abrasive man-management style and, after his departure, one unnamed player even came out and claimed that future recruits may be deterred from joining Worcester if Keast had remained in situ.
There seems little danger of such confrontation with Eddy at the helm.
The 39-year-old, who built his reputation in the Super 12 with the ACT Brumbies and Queensland Reds, was not keen to compare his philosophies with those of Keast but went on to espouse principles so enlightened in their origin, it was difficult not to do it for him.
"I have got to get a good understanding of where the players are at and how they want to play," he started.
"They are the ones who do it week in week out and it is important they are happy with what we are doing on the training field and during a game
"I am not a bawler or a screamer, I don't have a short fuse at all, I am pretty patient," he said, no doubt to the relief of the Unnamed Player.
"I consider that I am very approachable and would like to think that anyone can come to me or into my office at any time. That is something I have always prided myself on from a coaching perspective.
"I also develop good healthy relationships with players. I am very open and based on honesty. I see myself in a coaching position to improve them as rugby players."
He maintains that is exactly what he did at Queensland despite being part of an organisation that endured a disappointing Super 12 campaign, winning just three of their 11 games.
"It was painful what happened last year but we always knew it was going to be a lean year. I had no aspirations of us making the semi-finals.
"My aim was to blood some of the young players so that they would be prepared for the Super 12 the following year. I think we did that pretty well with a number of the young blokes who played in the front-row last season."
He comes to a club whose front-five is as good as any in the Premiership and was the foundation on which they built a hugely successful first campaign.
There were games, notably against 'Quins towards the end of the season, when they shoved their way to victory with their formidable scrum and reliable lineout.
After winning at The Stoop, a result that gave them a decisive advantage in the relegation scrap, Keast said that he wouldn't get much sleep if Worcester always played the way they had that day.
Nine man grunt and rumble gave fly-half James Brown the five penalties he needed to kick Warriors to victory. It was admirable for its power but grim to watch.
Like Keast, Eddy is a backs specialist having played social rugby at full-back and centre, and the Worcester three-quarters will come under his charge.
On paper the marriage of a Super 12 coach with John Brain, a man schooled in the forward dominated environment of Gloucester, seems made in heaven.
And with Worcester slightly more assured of their place in the Premiership, Eddy might be the man to oversee an injection of ambition in the Worcester gameplan.
"I would like to think that we will be able to attack wide when we have the opportunities," he said.
"But I am certainly not over here to change many things. The club was successful last season with a very good strong pack of forwards. If that's what's going to win us games then we would be silly to change it."