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Mike Ford’s Toulon Departure Brought Forward After Champions Cup Exit

Mike Ford Manager of Toulon during the French Top 14 match between Toulon and Lyon OU at Felix Mayol Stadium on February 18, 2017 in Toulon, France. (Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport)

Toulon’s Champions Cup exit has had ramifications for head coach Mike Ford.

The former Bath coach had been due to leave the Top 14 side at the end of the season but, as reported by the Telegraph on Monday evening, Toulon’s 29-9 Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to Clermont Auvergne on Sunday has hastened Ford’s exit, and having come to an agreement with Mourad Boudjellal Ford will now not be taking charge of the side’s remaining domestic fixtures as he has agreed to leave by mutual consent.

Ford joined Toulon initially as assistant to head coach Diego Dominguez at the beginning of the season, but found himself promoted to the top job in October, where he has thus far guided the three-time European champions to fourth in the top 14.

BARNET, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Mike Ford, Head Coach of RC Toulon looks on ahead of the European Rugby Champions Cup between Saracens and RC Toulon at Allianz Park on January 21, 2017 in Barnet, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Ford rejected Toulon’s offer of an extension last week, and soon after it was announced that former Stade Francais and Montpellier coach Fabien Galthié would be taking the reins in summer.

As it is (and presumably for the remainder of the season), the report suggests that forwards coach Marc Dal Maso will take charge of team preparation for this weekend and for the foreseeable future.

Anthony Belleau of Toulon during the European Champions Cup quarter final match between Clermont and Toulon at Stade Marcel Michelin on April 2, 2017 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport)

Ford himself, meanwhile, does not have a new job lined up yet but he will likely not be short of offers in the Premiership, and could be a contender to replace Rassie Erasmus at Munster if the South African is lured home (and takes Jacques Nienaber with him).

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