Steve Meehan to part company with Bath

Steve Meehan will leave his position as head coach of Bath at the end of the season, the Aviva Premiership club announced today.

The Australian, who moved to The Recreation Ground in July 2006 after four years at Stade Francais, will depart by mutual agreement.

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld said: "We wish Steve all the best for his future after Bath Rugby and thank him for his contribution and commitment over the past few seasons.

"With significant changes at the club and a new strategy and direction in place we have mutually agreed that it is a good point for Steve to seek a new challenge and we wish him luck wherever he goes."

Meehan took Bath to three consecutive Premiership semi-finals and won the European Challenge Cup in 2008.

Bath are currently seventh in the table and pushing for a place in the play-offs this season, but Meehan's position has been the subject of speculation since Sir Ian McGeechan was installed as director of rugby at the beginning of the season.

Meehan said: "Over the past five years we've developed our style of play, played some terrific rugby, won the respect of all the clubs in the Premiership and challenged some of the biggest teams in Europe.

"It's been a challenging yet enjoyable period but the timing is right for me to move on at the end of this season and I wish the team every success in years to come.

"However, the key part of this season is now upon us and before I leave I will be doing everything I can to ensure we are in the play-offs and going for the title."

Meehan will not be replaced, with McGeechan, Martin Haag and Brad Davis in charge next season.

A Bath spokesperson said: "We'll be looking to manage team affairs with the resources we've got at the club."