Mike Ford could be returning to the Aviva Premiership

Mike Ford could be returning to the Aviva Premiership

  • Phillipe Saint-Andre will lead a new-look Gloucester which includes Mike Ford 
  • West Country club set to receive approval for French businessman takeover
  • It will lead to a management overhaul with no conflict of interest expected
Gloucester are ready to offer Mike Ford a route back into English rugby as part of a new-look coaching team led by Phillipe Saint-Andre at Kingsholm.

The Daily Mail reported today that the Cherry and Whites will receive approval next week for the takeover led by French businessman, Mohed Altrad – who already owns Top 14 side Montpellier.

It’s understood that World Rugby and EPCR are now satisfied that there is no conflict of interest, so the takeover can proceed, which will lead to a management overhaul at Gloucester.


Ford was placed in charge at Toulon, after Diego Dominguez was given the boot, in the hope of revitalising the three-time European champions.

However, after losing 23-20 at home to high-flying La Rochelle last weekend, big-spending Toulon find themselves fifth in the Top 14, 11 points behind the leaders.

He’s also still being linked with a move to Leicester, where he’d be likely able to link up with his son, George, once again.

Sale yesterday conceded defeat in their quest to sign George Ford, with director of rugby, Steve Diamond, suggesting that Leicester have ‘broken the bank’ to lure the England fly-half back from Bath.