By Thomas Branston
Gloucester Rugby are in search of a new Head Coach after Laurie Fisher stepped down from his role at the club following Harlequins’ late comeback win in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.
Gloucester’s Chief Executive Stephen Vaughan has since admitted that the club are looking to hire an external candidate for the role.
“We are probably looking for somebody who has already had head-coach experience, to keep us moving in the right direction. We have had interest from very talented people.”
Current defence coach Jonny Bell has been named as interim head coach until the summer.
The Cherry and Whites have suffered three defeats in their last four game with their only win coming against reigning champions Saracens at Kingsholm.
Harlequins’ late comeback scoring 15 points in the last eight minutes of the game secured a dramatic victory for the visitors at Kingsholm, and this proved to be the final straw for Fisher.
The Australian controversially tweeted following the result stating, “Unbelievable capitulation. Clearly not good enough. My responsibility. Time to make room for someone else.”
Unbelievable capitulation. Clearly not good enough. My responsibility. Time to make room for someone else.
— Laurie Fisher (@LordLaurie58) March 4, 2017
Gloucester Rugby have set themselves time to select a new head coach, here Park Life Sport takes a look at the possible candidates who might fit the bill at Gloucester Rugby.
Saint-Andre finished his career at Kingsholm and was formerly the head coach at the club. He made 38 appearances in Cherry and White in two years before retiring to become the Director of Rugby at Gloucester. Whilst at Sale Sharks Saint-Andre oversaw his side win the European Challenge Cup in his second season and in his third they won the Guinness Premiership in 2006.
Gold is currently the Director of Rugby at Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors and has led them out of a relegation scrap with Bristol. He started his prolific coaching career at London Irish in 2001 as forwards coach before becoming the DoR in 2002 till 2005. In 2008 Gold was named assistant coach of the South African national side, in this time he oversaw the British and Irish Lions Tour and the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He has also had DoR roles at Newcastle Falcons and Bath Rugby.
Bell moved to Kingsholm from Pro 12 side Ulster Rugby in 2015. He enjoyed a playing career as a centre at club level with Northampton Saints and Ulster as well as winning 36 caps for Ireland. He played in two World Cups (1995 and 1999) and trained as a PE teacher, before he was appointed Elite Player Development Officer at Ulster then becoming Assistant Coach with an emphasis on defence at Gloucester Rugby. He now steps in as temporary head coach and with five Aviva Premiership games remaining his aim will to get the Cherry and Whites European rugby.