Bristol sack director of rugby Andy Robinson

  • Bristol have sacked director of rugby Andy Robinson after the board “lost confidence” in him
  • The former England and Scotland head coach led the club to promotion in May
  • Bristol have lost all 10 games in all competitions this season and are bottom of the Premiership
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.



“I was surprised and disappointed by the board’s decision,” said Robinson.

“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.”

Robinson, who only signed a new three-year contract in August, was appointed as director of rugby in March 2013 and took over all team affairs a week later after head coach Liam Middleton was sacked.

“The board lost confidence that Andy would retain the club’s Premiership position, bearing in mind the results to date,” said chairman Chris Booy.

“Andy departs with the knowledge that he made a significant contribution in helping Bristol return to the Premiership this season.”

Former South Africa and Leicester boss Heyneke Meyer is a leading contender to replace Robinson, but no deal has been finalised at this stage.


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