Aviva Premiership: Gloucester sack director of rugby Nigel Davies
Last Updated: 12/05/14 10:49am
Nigel Davies: Sacked as Gloucester's director of rugby
Gloucester have announced the sacking of director of rugby Nigel Davies with immediate effect.
Davies has paid the price for a poor season where the Cherry and Whites finished a disappointing ninth in the Aviva Premiership and failed to progress from the group stages of the Heineken Cup.
The Welshman's final game in charge was Saturday's defeat at relegated Worcester, who had won just one league game all season.
Gloucester chief executive Stephen Vaughan said: "Following extensive discussions between members of the Gloucester Rugby board with regards to the future direction of the playing department, the club has decided to part company with director of rugby Nigel Davies.
"It has been a tremendously difficult decision to reach. Nigel is a man who I personally have come to like and respect very much during my time at the club."
Gloucester chief executive Stephen Vaughan
"It has been a tremendously difficult decision to reach. Nigel is a man who I personally have come to like and respect very much during my time at the club.
"He has worked tirelessly at his role over the past two seasons, he has been an excellent ambassador for the club and understands the expectation and levels we need to be performing at.
"However, playing performances and results during 2013-14 were a big disappointment to everyone at the club.
"As a result, the board has decided that the future interests of the team would be best served with a different individual in charge of team affairs.
"We have clear aspirations to be a top-four side and that must drive our decision making process.
"The search for Nigel's successor begins today, and we will leave no stone unturned in our quest to find the right man for the job."
Davies moved to Kingsholm from the Scarlets in 2012 and guided Gloucester to a fifth-place finish in his first season. However, they failed to recover from a poor start to this campaign, winning just eight of their 22 league games.
Gloucester have already made a number of keynote signings for next season, including Wales hooker Richard Hibbard, former New Zealand prop John Afoa and Scotland half-back Greig Laidlaw.
But the west country club have not qualified for next season's inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup due to their poor Premiership campaign.