After a difficult two years at the club, Bath have announced that Sir Ian McGeechan will depart this summer when his contract expires. The former Northampton, Wasps, Scotland and Lions coach has presided over two frustrating campaigns at the club, firstly above Steve Meehan before taking over this season to little effect.
Despite a number of high profile signings during his time at the club, including Lewis Moody, Francois Louw and Stephen Donald, Bath have struggled to be consistent this season due to a combination of injuries and poor form, leaving them 8th in the Premiership. Gary Gold, Nick Mallett and Toby Booth have all been linked with the vacant position.
Bath Rugby Chief Executive, Nick Blofeld, said: “We would like to thank Geech for his time with the Club and for his assistance in developing the culture at the Club through this transitional period. An announcement regarding a new Head Coach will be made in due course.”
Sir Ian McGeechan added: “I’ve really enjoyed being part of Bath Rugby and the challenge of leading the cultural change that has taken place particularly over the last 18 months. The commitment of the players and staff during this significant transitional period has been outstanding. I will now take on the responsibility as Head Coach for the last three games.”
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