Toulon confirms Mike Ford's exit

Mike Ford has left Toulon
Mike Ford has left Toulon

French club Toulon have confirmed the exit of head coach Mike Ford with Richard Cockerill taking in charge of the team.

The decision comes after Toulon failed to secure a berth in the semi-final of the ongoing European Champions Cup following a 29-9 defeat to Clermont Auvergne.

Ford joined Toulon on a short-term deal in October last year after his departure from Bath and in January was accompanied by Cockerill, who joined the team as a consultant.

The news was confirmed by the official website of Toulon.

"Toulon rugby club and Mike Ford have parted company by mutual agreement as of Monday April 3 2017.

"Richard Cockerill will take charge of the first team, assisted by Marc Dal Maso.

"Matt Giteau has agreed to lead the backs while continuing as a player."

According to reports, Toulon boss is targeting former France captain Fabien Galthie as the head coach next summer with Cockerill handling the responsibility of the ongoing Top 14 season.


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