Worcester Warriors Head Coach Clive Griffiths has left the club with immediate effect following a mid-season coaching review.
Griffiths moved to Warriors in May 2006 as assistant to Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock, who he had worked alongside with Wales during their 2005 Grand Slam.
The Warriors sit third from bottom of the Guinness Premiership and it appears Griffiths has paid the price for their league position.
Griffiths said: “I wanted to take this decision now so that the club could quickly develop a new focus, coaching philosophy and structure. It has been a very difficult and emotional decision to make but I have done so in the interests of myself, my family and the club.
“I will follow the club’s fortunes closely as I have made a number of friends at Warriors and I wish them all the very best for the future.”
Ruddock added: “It is with great difficulty that I have had to accept Clive’s decision to leave the Club. Following the mid-season review that we had, it became clear that Clive and I had differing thoughts on the best way to take the club forward.
“I have worked in partnership with Clive for a number of years and both club and international level and I would like to put on record that he is an outstanding coach with a huge amount of experience under his belt.
“Everyone at Worcester Warriors recognises the need to make further strides towards our goal of achieving Heineken Cup qualification and competing in the top four of the Guinness Premiership.
“Clive felt that by making this decision now to stand down as Head Coach, the club could restructure its coaching team as soon as possible to take Warriors forward into 2009 and beyond.”Reuse content