Ford disagreed with father Mike’s Bath exit

Date published: November 8 2016

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Bath pivot George Ford has revelead how unsettled and unhappy he was after the club fired his father, Mike, from his head coaching position.

Ford senior joined Bath in 2012, initially as first team coach and was their head coach for three seasons before Bath's owner Bruce Craig decided to relieve him of his duties in May.

The issue had an impact on George and there are still doubts whether he will stay on at Bath or return to his former club Leicester Tigers in 2017.

"It was difficult," he told the Daily Mail.

"I’m not going to say it wasn’t. I didn’t agree with it — I’d be daft if I did agree with it. The reason I was so upset and disappointed… well, it’s your dad at the end of the day, so you’re going to be.

"I just think if you look at the three years I’d been at the club and my dad had been there, we went from eighth or ninth in the league to the Premiership final.

"The rugby was fun, too. We placed a lot of emphasis on the execution of attacking rugby and we had a young English team.

"‘Last year was obviously massively disappointing but I don’t think there was one particular reason.

"There were a lot of factors. We got ourselves into a hole but we were doing our utmost to turn it round. We were believing, but in a way we probably tried a little bit too hard.

"I honestly think that last year would have been the making of us as a team if everyone had carried on.

"I think you can see a bit of that this year. I’m not taking anything away from the new coaches, because they’ve been brilliant, but I think the experiences we went through as a young team in a tough year — that would have been invaluable for us."

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