Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys thanked outgoing coach Laurie Fisher for his sterling efforts during his time in the post and provided an update on the coaching set up for the remainder of the season.
Saturday’s 27-30 reverse at home to Harlequins leaves the Cherry and Whites with an uphill challenge to make the top six of the Premiership and qualify for next season’s Champions Cup, and it was confirmed yesterday that Fisher would leave the club with immediate effect. He had been in post since August 2014.
Humphreys commented today: “We were all very disappointed with the result against Harlequins and the events of the past two days which have ultimately seen Laurie Fisher leave the club.
“Two and a half years ago we put together a coaching team led by Laurie Fisher. In my time in rugby, I haven’t come across an individual who possessed such a wealth of rugby knowledge, work ethic and absolute commitment to bringing success to Gloucester.
“However, despite giving it everything, after Saturday’s disappointment Laurie felt that it was time for someone else to take over as Head Coach.
“For the remainder of this season, we will not be making any further changes to the coaching team and Jonny Bell will step up to lead the rugby programme, assisted by Tim Taylor and Trevor Woodman.
“Looking forward, the process to identify a new Head Coach has already begun and we will be in a position to confirm the appointment of a replacement by the end of the month.”