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Toulon appoint Mike Ford to take charge of their attack, defence and overall gameplan - reports

Yet the head coach title will still belong to Diego Dominguez.

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EX-BATH COACH Mike Ford will take a prominent role in coaching French giants Toulon from next week, the Daily Mail reported today.

The one-time Ireland defence coach had been linked with a vacancy on the Leinster coaching ticket last month. However, Toulon’s early-season struggles in Top14 have prompted owner Mourad Boudjellal to bring the Englishman in as a new first team coach.

Ford – for now, at least – will work alongside under-fire head coach Diego Dominguez who has presided over just two wins from five outings in this campaign.

Although Ford will reportedly ‘have responsibility for attack, defence and the team’s overall gameplan,’ Boudjellal bristled at the suggestion that Dominguez was under pressure this week, telling reporters:

“You need to stop fantasising about the sacking of Diego Dominguez. Diego Dominguez is not a target today — if we lose 95-0, that reopens the debate, but that’s the case for every coach.”

Boudjellal was not so kind to backs coach Steve Meehan, saying in the same interview:

“I try to fully understand the problems. We must first get our players back. But it really annoys me to see how our backs are playing.”

Ford was sacked from his role as Bath coach four months ago, after a disappointing season ended a tenure that was brimming with early promise.

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