Rugby

Galthie to replace Ford at Toulon

2017-03-20 16:59

Paris - Former France international Fabien Galthie will take over as manager of Toulon after Englishman Mike Ford exits the club at the end of the season, the Top 14 side confirmed on Monday.

The 48-year-old Galthie will "take the reins of the entire sports sector" and will be assisted by Fabrice Landreau and Marc Dal Maso, the club confirmed minutes after announcing Ford's departure.

Both Galthie -- who has been without a club since leaving his coaching role at Montpellier in December 2014 -- and Landreau, ousted by Grenoble before the start of the season, have signed two-year deals.

Ford will leave the former three-time European champions at the end of the season, the Top 14 side confirmed earlier.

"Toulon rugby club and current manager Mike Ford have decided by mutual consent not to avail of the optional year in the contract which could have extended his mission at Toulon next season," the club said in a statement.

"Mike Ford wishes to engage in another project."

Toulon, French champions in 2014, are stuck in a fierce battle to make the end of season play-offs.

Ford was brought in to replace Diego Dominguez in October after the club had endured a poor start to the season.

Dal Maso arrived at Toulon last year as Dominguez's assistant.

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