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Bath part ways with head coach Mike Ford after disappointing season
Ford leaves The Rec after four years.

BATH RUGBY HAS this afternoon announced the departure of head coach Mike Ford.

The 50-year-old leaves the club after a disappointing season which saw Bath finish ninth in the Aviva Premiership and fail to get out of their Champions Cup pool.

It was the club’s worst season in a decade and although Ford was adamant that he retained the support of Bath owner Bruce Craig, he has now paid the price for the team’s underachievement.

“Over the four years Mike has been with the Club, both he and the team under his guidance have achieved a huge amount,” Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director of Bath Rugby, said.

“He has developed an exciting, attacking style of rugby, helped to develop exciting talent and in 2014/15 he brought the team to the Final against Saracens at Twickenham.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for all his hard work, passion and commitment to the Club and wish him all the best for the future.”

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Bath say the club is currently reviewing the coaching set-up for the 2016/17 and a further announcement will be made in due course.

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Ford guided Bath to last year’s Premiership final as well as the 2014 Challenge Cup final but his side struggled this term, winning just nine of their 22 league games and finishing third in their Champions Cup pool.

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