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Mike Ford Set To Be Named Head Coach Of French Giants Next Week

Ex-Bath director of rugby Mike Ford is about to be named as first team coach of French giants Toulon, according to the BBC.

Ford, who spent three years at the Rec before being fired at the end of last season following Bath’s poor ninth place finish, is set to begin working with the Top 14 side on Monday.

The ex-rugby league star will bring plenty of experience to the three-time European champions, having served as an assistant coach with both England and Ireland.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Mike Ford the Bath head coach looks on during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

His time with Ireland saw the men in green win a triple crown as well as reach third place in the world rankings, while during his spell with England he helped the Red Rose reach the 2007 World Cup final, as well as win the 2011 Six Nations.

Oldham-born Ford also served as defence coach for the 2005 Lions midweek team on their 2005 tour to New Zealand.

His first season in charge of Bath saw him lead the West Country side to an Amlin Challenge Cup final in which they lost 30-16 to Northampton.

The following season Bath reached the Premiership final, going down 28-16 to current Premiership champions Saracens.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Richard Wigglesworth of Saracens is tackled by Dave Attwood of Bath during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Richard Wigglesworth of Saracens is tackled by Dave Attwood of Bath during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.

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However, during his final season there was a dramatic downturn in the club’s fortunes, losing 13 out of their 22 league games and finishing third from bottom as well as failing to get out of their group in the European Champions Cup.

Ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster had previously been linked with a coaching job at France’s richest club, but ended up taking up an offer at Leinster instead.

Now it will be up to Ford to guide the French play-off finalists to success.

Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena

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