Rugby

Why Gary Gold left Bath

2013-12-14 20:14
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Cape Town - Gary Gold’s departure as Bath’s Director of Rugby was due to a disagreement between him and the club.

The former Springbok assistant coach left the English club on Monday even though they sit third in the Premiership and top of their Amlin Challenge Cup pool.

Gold had already been moved upstairs after being marginalised on the training ground following the summer arrival of head coach Mike Ford.

Bath initially said his exit was because of a restructuring, fuelling speculation of a power struggle, but have since announced the reason was due to a dispute over his position.

"After the last few months it became clear that the club and Gary were not able to agree on how to define the role of Director of Rugby," read a statement issued on the Bath website.

It was suggested that Gold’s departure was acrimonious, but both he and Bath owner Bruce Craig insisted they parted company on good terms. “It’s with deep regret that my time at Bath has come to an end after amicable and respectful discussions,” said Gold. “I’ve no doubt Bath will go from strength to strength in years to come and I sincerely wish them all the very best of fortune.”

Craig added: "I would like to thank Gary for all his efforts over the last 18 months. He has helped the Club advance hugely and has contributed to the Club's present success, and indeed become a personal friend. He will always be welcome at the Rec and I have no doubt that he will prove a tremendous asset wherever he goes from here."

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