Bryan Redpath resigns as Gloucester Head Coach

Bryan Redpath has resigned as Gloucester Head Coach and is expected to be announced as Sale’s new Director of Rugby in the coming days. The former Scotland scrum-half has been at Kingsholm since 2008 and in charge full time since the 2009-2010 season. After a disappointing campaign this season despite some good results and exciting talent, Redpath has decided to return to his old club Sale.

Gloucester Statement:

“It is with regret that Gloucester Rugby can confirm that Head Coach Bryan Redpath has offered his resignation which has been accepted by the club’s board. Redpath will leave Kingsholm with immediate effect after a recent poor run of results which have seen the club slip to seventh place in the table. Forwards Coach Carl Hogg will take charge of preparations for the home fixture with Sale Sharks on Saturday.

The 40 year old Scot took over as Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2009-10 season, having previously served as the club’s backs coach following a glittering playing career which included representing Scotland at two Rugby World Cups.

In his first season at the helm, he guided Gloucester to a seventh place finish in the Guinness Premiership. In 2010-11, the club won the LV= Cup, finished third in the Aviva Premiership and only lost a semi final play off to eventual winners Saracens by two points. However, 2011-12 has been more of a struggle with the team losing a number of close fought games to late scores. With just two matches remaining this season, Redpath has now taken the decision to end his three year tenure.

“It’s a result driven business we’re in and I hold my hand up and take full responsibility for the fact that we’ve not performed as well as we should have. I’ve offered my resignation with a heavy heart. I have dearly loved my time at Gloucester. It’s a fantastic club in a true rugby city with devoted, passionate supporters. But, I think it’s now someone else’s turn to take charge.

“There are a lot of people to thank, too many for a press release. However, I must express my gratitude to the Walkinshaw family, Ryan and his father Tom before him, for giving me such a marvelous opportunity here. I genuinely think that the future for Gloucester Rugby is bright and I sincerely wish everyone connected with the club the very best for the future.”

So Gloucester now join Bath and Cardiff in the hunt for a new man at the helm. But who should they bring in?

8 thoughts on “Bryan Redpath resigns as Gloucester Head Coach

  1. This was clearly inevitable as soon as Redpath didn’t come out and deny the link with him and Sale. Fantastic opportunity back in Salford with the signings Sale have made (Gray, Cipriani etc.)

    Blaming it on results though feels like a cover-up for what really is ambition. Sure Gloucester haven’t been perfect this season, but they have struggled up front and the positive arrivals next year (Cowan, Morgan, Twelvetrees) are impressive. Feels like a big gamble for him.

  2. Ironic thing is it could easily be Sale sitting seventh in the table, as they’ve been up and down like a yo-yo as well.

  3. Funny that Glos come out and say that his resignation is nothing to do with Sale and that he’s a decent honourable bloke. I guess that means he will do the honourable thing and turn down Sale! Glos knew they couldn’t keep him as he was going to walk for a better paid job and this was the easy way out. I think everyone will see through the sham.

    Shame really as up until now I’d always had respect for Redpath. My only hope is that Glos pull it together and get the final spot.

  4. I view Redpath as being a competent but unspectacular coach. Is he really going to bring success to Sale (& what does success look like to them)?
    So, as a Gloucester fan, I am not that bothered to see him go.
    Ever since I have known Gloucester they have been inconsistent, they have lacked the bloody minded determination to win. For that reason, and I know that I will be damned for saying this, but I would suggest they look for a Leicester man (but not, please, Johnson!). Dean Richards (I know, I know) is a very good coach (better than Redpath) and his ban soon expires…..

    1. Kirwan has been mooted (I know it’s the job of the press to mention every possibility out there, but an AB bloody minded approach and a knowledge of how to use our backs would be good. For the record Nick C I don’t necessarily disagree with Richards as a suggestion.

      It used to be that our pack was feared and the backs were only there for chasing kicks. Somehow the roles have reversed!

    2. Richards ban expires soon, and his deal with the Falcons begins.

      Whoever becomes the next Gloucester coach will inherit a good team and if Eli, and Tindall are leaving they will have a bit of movement within their salary cap to strengthen further.

      1. Shame Eli is going – not so fussed about Tins but to be fair, when fit he generally played well for the club IMO. However time has caught up with him.

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