BATH RUGBY: Role confusion led to Gold departure

Wiltshire Times: Gary Gold left his role as Bath's director of rugby on Monday Gary Gold left his role as Bath's director of rugby on Monday

BATH Rugby have confirmed that director of rugby Gary Gold's shock departure this week came as a result of a disagreement over the definition of the ex-South Africa assistant coach's role at the Rec.

The 46-year-old, who was appointed Bath's head coach in May 2012 before moving upstairs to become director of rugby last summer, left the club on Monday.

A statement released by the Rec outfit today read: "After the last few months, it became clear that the club and Gary were not able to agree on how to define the role of director of rugby."

Speaking within that Bath statment, Gold insisted that his departure was an amicable one.

"It is with deep regret that my time as director of rugby at Bath has come to an end after amicable and respectful discussions," he said.

"I am very proud of what we have achieved as a group in being able to make Bath a formidable force, and it is testament to this great group of players that the team are currently sitting in such healthy positions in all competitions.

“I have no doubt that Bath Rugby will go from strength to strength in years to come and I sincerely wish them all the very best of fortune.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bath and have particularly enjoyed - and continue to appreciate - the constant support from an incredible group of Bath fans."

Bath chairman and owner Bruce Craig added: "I would like to thank Gary for all his efforts over the last 18 months.

"He has helped the club advance hugely and has contributed to the club’s present success, and indeed became a personal friend.

"He will always be welcome at the Rec and I have no doubt that he will prove a tremendous asset wherever he goes from here."

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