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Gloucester to appoint new head coach 'by the end of the month'

Gloucester rugby director David Humphreys says the Aviva Premiership club will confirm a new head coach appointment by the end of this month.

Laurie Fisher's departure from the Gloucester head coaching role was announced on Monday night - 48 hours after he tweeted it was "time to make room for someone else".

Fisher took to social media following Gloucester's 30-27 Premiership defeat against Harlequins on Saturday.

The London club scored 15 unanswered points during the closing eight minutes and claimed a dramatic victory at Kingsholm.

Fisher tweeted: "Unbelievable capitulation. Clearly not good enough. My responsibility. Time to make room for someone else."

Humphreys, meanwhile, has confirmed there will be no further changes made to Gloucester''s coaching team this season.

"For the remainder of this season, we will not be making any further changes to the coaching team, and Jonny Bell will step up to lead the rugby programme, assisted by Tim Taylor and Trevor Woodman," Humphreys said.

"Looking forward, the process to identify a new head coach has already begun and we will be in a position to confirm the appointment of a replacement by the end of the month."

Reflecting on recent events, Humphreys added: "We were all very disappointed with the result against Harlequins and the events of the past two days which have ultimately seen Laurie Fisher leave the club.

"Two and a half years ago we put together a coaching team led by Laurie Fisher.

"In my time in rugby I haven't come across an individual who possessed such a wealth of rugby knowledge, work ethic and absolute commitment to bringing success to Gloucester Rugby.

"However, despite giving it everything, after Saturday's disappointment Laurie felt that it was time for someone else to take over as head coach."

Fisher joined Gloucester from Australian Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies in 2014, and despite a frustrating domestic season, Gloucester beat Edinburgh to lift the European Challenge Cup in May 2015.

The current campaign has again seen Gloucester impress in the Challenge Cup, with a quarter-final tie against Cardiff Blues looming early next month.

But their Premiership form has proved well below par, with Gloucester currently standing ninth in the table after winning only five of 17 league games.

Gloucester are currently nine points off sixth place with just five games left, meaning their hopes of European Champions Cup qualification for next term have almost been extinguished.

They tackle Bristol at Ashton Gate when the Premiership resumes later this month, before facing league appointments with Newcastle, Sale Sharks, Bath and Exeter.


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