Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge are to take over from Michael Bradley at Edinburgh

Last Updated: 06/03/13 3:32pm

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Michael Bradley: Has left Edinburgh after a poor run of form.

Michael Bradley: Has left Edinburgh after a poor run of form.

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Michael Bradley has left his post as Edinburgh head coach with immediate effect and Scotland assistant coaches Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge will take charge on an interim basis.

Bradley had been due to leave when his contract expired in May but the Scottish Rugby Union have announced that he and assistant Neil Back have agreed terms and brought their contracts to an early end.

Scott and Hodge will take charge as head coach and assistant coach on Monday 18 March, following the conclusion of the Six Nations, with Edinburgh not in action again until Ulster visit on 22 March.

Irishman Bradley, the former Connacht director of rugby, led Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup semi-finals last season but they lost all six of their group matches in the event this term, scoring just 36 points.

And they have lost their last seven games in the RaboDirect PRO12 too, which has left them 10th in the table, three places off the bottom.

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson said in a statement: "We feel this move is necessary to give a fresh impetus to the squad, going into the remainder of the season.

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"Our search for a new coaching team for Edinburgh Rugby continues, with a view to getting the club back on a winning track."

Edinburgh managing director Craig Docherty added: "It's heartening to welcome the appointment of two former Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland internationals to our backroom on an interim basis.

"I believe they are the right people to inspire our squad for the remainder of the season and assess the player group going forward."

Scott added: "Naturally the big thing for me at the moment is my commitment to the national team.

"But, come a week on Saturday night in Paris, I'll be straight into Edinburgh Rugby mode and will be working with Duncan to get the players ready for the home match against Ulster and the rest of the season."

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