Worcester Warriors have confirmed head coach Richard Hill has left the club with immediate effect.
Reports had been circulating throughout the day that the Aviva Premiership club had parted company with the 51-year-old in the wake of Sunday's heavy defeat at Saracens and the Warriors confirmed the news on their official website.
Former England international scrum-half Hill has been in charge at Sixways for the last three seasons and led the club to promotion in 2011.
Bill Bolsover, the club's rugby committee chairman, said: "Richard was brought into Worcester Warriors to get us promoted back to the Premiership, which he successfully achieved.
Loss of momentum
"We then wanted to consolidate our position amongst the elite before breaking out of the bottom four. Despite all his hard work, effort, attention to detail and honesty, we have not continued the forward momentum.
"On behalf of everyone at Worcester Warriors, I would like to put on record our thanks and appreciation to Richard and we wish him well for the future."
Rugby operations director Corin Palmer will now take charge of the Warriors, who are safe from relegation, for the last two league games of the season against Harlequins on Saturday and London Welsh on May 4.
Former Gloucester coach Dean Ryan has emerged as the favourite to replace Hill on a full-time basis.
Ryan's last coaching role in the Premiership was at Gloucester, where he spent four years in charge up until 2009, although he drilled the Scotland forwards as part of Scott Johnson's interim coaching team for the Six Nations.
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