Leicester Tigers have parted company with director of rugby Richard Cockerill
Former Tigers and England hooker Cockerill has been on the coaching staff at the club since 2004
Cockerill said: “It is with great sadness and regret that I leave my position as director of rugby”
Richard Cockerill is to leave his position as director of rugby at Leicester Tigers with immediate effect.
Cockerill said: “It is with great sadness and regret that I leave my position as director of rugby with immediate effect. I still believe that I am the right person to lead the team at this present time but respect the Board’s decision to make change as they see fit in the best interests of the club.
“I wish to thank the club and in particular Simon Cohen and Peter Tom for giving me the opportunity to lead this great club and the support they have given me in the last seven years.
“I arrived back at the club in 2004 as an academy coach and leave as DOR with a record that speaks for itself and stands up against any in club rugby in the world.
“This club has made me the person and the coach I am today and I will never forget what they have done for me.
“I wish Tom Youngs and the team the very best for the future and will miss being part of the Tigers Family.”
Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger will be in interim charge of team affairs working with coaches Richard Blaze and Geordan Murphy and the existing support staff.
The Board will also conduct a review of the coaching structure to determine an appropriate way forward.