Montpellier have confirmed that former Clermont coach and current Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter will replace current Head Coach Jake White at the end of this season.
White, who reportedly applied for the vacant England job last year after Stuart Lancaster was dismissed following England’s World Cup exit, allegedly failed to have his contract renewed after Montpellier President Mohed Altrad found out that the South African was looking for employment away from the club.
Montpellier are currently sitting third in the Top 14 with four wins from six games and enter the season as defending Challenge Cup champions after last season’s 26-19 final win over Harlequins in Lyon.
Cotter joins the club after three seasons as Scotland Head Coach where he won just 50% of his games with only three wins against Tier 1 opposition.
However, the New Zealander has had much more success in the Top 14 after eight successful years in charge of Clermont Auvergne.
The 54-year-old guided Clermont to four consecutive Top 14 finals between 2007 and 2010 and also led the club to a Heineken Cup final in 2013 where Les Jaunards lost 16-15 to Toulon in a thrilling final in Dublin.
His appointment has been welcomed by Montpellier with a club statement reading: “the arrival of Vern Cotter for the 2017/18 season should help write a new chapter in the history of Montpellier rugby and continue to make it grow.”
In August 2016 it was announced that the Scottish Rugby Union would not be renewing Cotter’s contract when it expires in June 2017 with Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend set to take over the national team at the conclusion of the 2016/17 Pro 12 season.