In the wake of the surprise departure of head coach Laurie Fisher on Monday, Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys has promoted defence coach Jonny Bell to ‘lead their rugby programme’ until the end of the season.
Fisher appeared to quit via Twitter following Gloucester’s Premiership defeat to Harlequins at the weekend and the departure was confirmed on Monday.
With Bell stepping up to take over as head coach, BBC Sport report that Backs coach Tim Taylor and forwards coach Trevor Woodman will work with Bell while the club seeks a permanent replacement for Fisher in March.
In a statement released on the Gloucester Rugby website, Humphrey’s expresses his disappointment at Fisher’s exit and spoke of his admiration for the former coach.
“We were all very disappointed with the result against Harlequins and the events of the past two days which have ultimately seen Laurie Fisher leave the club.
“Two and a half years ago we put together a coaching team led by Laurie Fisher. In my time in rugby, I haven’t come across an individual who possessed such a wealth of rugby knowledge, work ethic and absolute commitment to bringing success to Gloucester Rugby.”
Gloucester are enjoying mixed fortunes this term, lying ninth in the Premiership table while qualifying for the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals, where they will face the Cardiff Blues on April 1st.
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