Leicester Tigers head-coach Matt O’Connor has announced today that he will be leaving his position with the club just one game into the new season.
Leicester Tigers’ Premiership season did not get off to the best of starts as they ended up on the receiving side of a 40-6 mauling at the hands of Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
Assistant coach Geordan Murphy will take the reins in an interim-position until a suitable replacement can be found.
Chairman Peter Tom CBE made the following statement in the wake of the changeup.
‘Matt was appointed head coach in April 2017 on the basis of his previous Premiership experience and his knowledge of the club.
‘But we believe the time is right to make this change in the best interests of the Tigers moving forward.
We would like to thank Matt for his hard work and commitment to the club in two spells at Welford Road, and we wish him and his family well for the future.’
‘As a club, Leicester Tigers will always aspire to challenge for major honours in the incredibly competitive arena of professional elite club rugby and everyone at the club will fully support Geordan and the management group in driving the team forward.
‘Geordan knows the expectations and ambitions of the Tigers as well as anyone after more than 20 years here as player and coach, and we wish him and the team the very best for the challenges ahead.’
O’Connor has been with the club for just under a year-and-a-half but it’s evident that Leicester Tigers feel as though they need to mix things up in order to progress.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena