Dean Ryan was released from his contract at Sixways.
After weeks of speculation and rumour, Worcester Warriors have this morning announced the departure of Director of Rugby, Dean Ryan.
Writing on the club’s website, CEO, Jim O’Toole thanked Ryan for his service, before informing supporters that the new management team will consist of Head Coach, Carl Hogg, and High Performance Director, Nick Johnston.
Although the news does not come as too much of a surprise, it comes three days after O’Toole told the BBC he would increase the club’s budget by 25%. However, O’Toole’s promise to hand Ryan extra financial firepower was not enough to convince the former Newcastle Falcons coach to stay.
Indeed, rumours of Ryan’s departure from Sixways have been circulating since the Worcester News reported that he had become embroiled in a dispute over money with the club. Not only that, but the same article suggested that Bath had approached him to become their new Director of Rugby.
After signing the likes of Ben Te’o, Francois Hougaard, Jackson Willison and Marco Mama, the news will come as a blow to the Warriors, in spite of the fact O’Toole claimed, ‘for the first time in Warriors’ history we have an active succession plan which has already kicked-in’.
Indeed, losing a coach of Ryan’s experience will make it more difficult for Worcester to challenge for a top six place next season.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena