English club Leicester Tigers have announced that Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill is to leave his position with immediate effect.
Cockerill’s association with the club is a long one given he is a former Tigers player himself and has been on the club’s coaching staff since 2004. He took up the position of Director of Rugby back in 2010.
However, recent results have been disappointing and the club has chosen to make a change in its management.
Tigers chairman Peter Tom CBE said (via Leicestertigers.com):
“We thank Richard for his loyal and dedicated service as a player, coach and director of rugby. He has a great passion for the club and for the game of rugby, and has shared in many massive occasions with the Tigers.
“The club always has aspirations to contest the major honours in the game and that remains unchanged but the board believes this is the right time to make a change.”
Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger will be in interim charge of team affairs working with coaches Richard Blaze and Geordan Murphy and the existing support staff.
The club’s board will also conduct a review of the coaching structure to determine an appropriate way forward.
“It is with great sadness and regret that I leave my position as director of rugby with immediate effect. I still believe that I am the right person to lead the team at this present time but respect the Board’s decision to make change as they see fit in the best interests of the club.
“I wish to thank the club and in particular Simon Cohen and Peter Tom for giving me the opportunity to lead this great club and the support they have given me in the last seven years.
“I arrived back at the club in 2004 as an academy coach and leave as DOR with a record that speaks for itself and stands up against any in club rugby in the world.
“This club has made me the person and the coach I am today and I will never forget what they have done for me.
“I wish Tom Youngs and the team the very best for the future and will miss being part of the Tigers Family.”
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena