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Tom Coventry resigns from London Irish role

Published 23/06/2016

Tom Coventry has resigned as London Irish head coach
Tom Coventry has resigned as London Irish head coach

London Irish have announced the resignation of head coach Tom Coventry.

Irish said Coventry had stepped down "by mutual agreement" to return home to New Zealand for family reasons.

The Exiles were relegated from the Aviva Premiership last season, being replaced by Bristol, and they will play Championship rugby next term.

Coventry linked up with Irish in July last year, but the Premiership campaign saw them win just four games all season as they finished bottom, seven points behind 11th-placed Newcastle.

Irish chief executive Bob Casey said: " Having undertaken a review of the past season and taken time to consider its implications, and given his family situation, our discussions with Tom have resulted in agreement that it is in his best interests to return to New Zealand.

"On behalf of the board and all associated with London Irish, we thank him for his efforts over the past season and wish him and his family well for the future."

In a statement released by Irish, Coventry added: " London Irish is in a good place to bounce immediately back into the top tier of English rugby.

"The club has recruited well, with a sound balance of experience and youth supported by an excellent academy programme.

"I wish the club all the best in their future direction and drive for Premiership status."

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