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Heyneke Meyer could be about to join Bath

  • Heyneke Meyer has emerged the front-runner to replace Mike Ford at Bath
  • Ford was dismissed on Monday following a disappointing season in the Premiership and Europe
  • Sources have indicated that Meyer had been identified by the club as a potential successor 
Former South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer has emerged as the favourite for the vacant Bath job following Mike Ford’s sudden departure on Monday.

Sources have indicated that Meyer had been identified by the club as a potential successor although it is understood that he is also in high demand in Japan.

The 48-year-old Meyer is no stranger to the Premiership. He had a brief spell as director of rugby at Leicester Tigers in 2008 before he resigned after a period of compassionate leave to return to South Africa to help care for his wife’s parents.

In a statement, Bath said: “[We are] currently reviewing the coaching set-up for the upcoming 2016-2017 season and will make a further announcement in due course,”

Ford’s departure has come just nine months after he singed a four-year extension with Bath. Ford failed to emulate last season’s success. This season he only manage to finish ninth in the Premiership and they crashed out at the group stage in the European Champions Cup.

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