Bristol have announced that their director of rugby Andy Robinson has left the Premiership club with immediate effect.
Robinson joined the club in March 2013 and helped the team to the Championship title and promotion to the Premiership in May this year.
But he was suspended by Bristol last week after the club lost all seven of their Premiership matches this season. The club appointed Mark Tainton as acting head coach in his place.
Bristol chairman Chris Booy said: “We thank Andy for his contribution to the overall coaching set up at the Club. Unfortunately, the board lost confidence that Andy would retain the Club’s Premiership position, bearing in mind the results to date.
"Andy departs with the knowledge that he made a significant contribution in helping Bristol return to the Premiership this season. Andy leaves with the Club’s very best wishes and we all wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.”
Robinson added: “I am extremely proud to have played my part in helping Bristol Rugby reach their goal of getting back to the Aviva Premiership after a long seven-year absence.
"As everyone appreciates, the start of the season for Bristol has been extremely tough. However, I was surprised and disappointed by the board’s decision. I would like to thank everyone involved with the club for some very special memories and wish them all the best for the future."