‘George is very upset’ – Mike Ford

Date published: May 26 2016

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Former Bath head coach Mike Ford has urged his son, George, to focus on England and not worry about him after he was sacked by the club.

Ford, who departed the Recreation Ground earlier in the month after a ninth-place finish in the Premiership, was speaking to BBC Radio 5 live.

He revealed that the news of his departure had hit fly-half George hard and he has given his son plenty of advice whilst telling him not to worry.

"George is very upset. We are unbelievably tight as a family and obviously his dad has just got sacked," he said in Wednesday's interview.

"He signed for Bath because he believed in the way we were going to play the game, which suited his style, and he believed in the coaches.

"That's changed so I've just said to him, 'look you've got a massive tour ahead to Australia with Wales on Sunday first'."

He added on the words said to George: "'All you can ever do is go out and play well on the weekend, no matter what's happened before that.

"'You just need to get your head around preparing as best you can to play against Wales this Sunday. Don't think of anything else, don't worry for me I'll be fine, your mum's got me in the garden doing stuff. Just come back from Australia and see what you're feeling then'."

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