Rugby

Bath part with Ford after Premiership flop

2016-05-16 18:54

London - Bath head coach Mike Ford left the Premiership club on Monday in the aftermath of a miserable season for the west country outfit.

Just 12 months ago, Ford led Bath to their first Premiership final for 11 years, but that showpiece appearance ended in defeat against Saracens and results deteriorated this term.

Ford, who had three years left on his contract after signing a new deal in September, saw Bath finish ninth in the Premiership, while they crashed out at the group stage in the European Champions Cup.

The 50-year-old had previously worked as England defence coach and was tipped as a potential replacement for England boss Stuart Lancaster last year before Eddie Jones got the national team role.

He joined Bath as first-team coach in 2012 and took over as head coach a year later.

Tarquin McDonald, managing director of Bath Rugby, said in a statement on the club's website: "Over the four years Mike has been with the club, both he and the team under his guidance have achieved a huge amount.

"He has developed an exciting, attacking style of rugby, helped to develop exciting talent and in 2014-15 he brought the team to the final against Saracens at Twickenham.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for all his hard work, passion and commitment to the club and wish him all the best for the future."

Ford's departure from follows hot on the heels of the exit of Neal Hatley, the former Bath first-team coach who has been recruited by England as scrum coach.

"Bath Rugby is currently reviewing the coaching set-up for the upcoming 2016-2017 season and will make a further announcement in due course," the Bath statement added.

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