Ulster are set to move quickly in appointing Matt Williams’ successor after the Australian sensationally quit the Ravenhill hot seat on Wednesday night due to personal reasons.
It’s the second time in two years that the former European Cup champions have been forced to find a new coach following the resignations of Mark McCall and now Williams.
Chief Executive Michael Reid is hoping the new man will be at the helm for the start of pre season training in the middle of June.
“The appointments committee have already met and agreed on the criteria for head coach, and the selection process,” stated Reid.
There has already been interest in the post but Reid admits the process may take time.
“Already a number of CVs have been received, and by next week we should be in a position to commence interviews. Given that the candidates may be from various parts of the world, we can't put a definite time frame on the appointment.
“David Humphreys will take interim control of all rugby matters, until the coaching appointment is made.
“It is expected that the new head coach will be appointed prior to pre-season training, which starts on June 15,” concluded Reid.
Connacht’s Michael Bradley, tipped as a possible future Ireland supremo, could well be on Ulster’s coaching hit list.
Coaches currently looking for jobs include Frank Hadden who left Scotland at the end of the Six Nations.