Andy Robinson is leaving Bristol Rugby with immediate effect.
He joined the club as director of rugby in March 2013 and the team went on to win the Championship title and steered the side to promotion to the Aviva Premiership earlier this year.
But Bristol have lost all seven of their league games this season. Robinson was suspended on Thursday pending a performance review.
— Bristol Sport (@Bristol_Sport) November 7, 2016
In a statement club chairman Chris Booy said: “We thank Andy for his contribution to the overall coaching set up at the club. Unfortunately, the board lost confidence that Andy would retain the club’s Premiership position, bearing in mind the results to date.
“Andy departs with the knowledge that he made a significant contribution in helping Bristol return to the Premiership this season. Andy leaves with the club’s very best wishes and we all wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.”
Andy Robinson says he’s “surprised and disappointed” by @Bristol_RFC board decision to sack him after they “lost confidence”
— Kieran Fox (@K333) November 7, 2016
Robinson added: “I am extremely proud to have played my part in helping Bristol Rugby reach their goal of getting back to the Aviva Premiership after a long seven-year absence. As everyone appreciates, the start of the season for Bristol Rugby has been extremely tough.
“However, I was surprised and disappointed by the board’s decision. I would like to thank everyone involved with the club for some very special memories and wish them all the best for the future.”
Reaction to Robinson’s departure has been mixed on social media.
Perplexed by @Bristol_RFC decision to sack Andy Robinson. That’s football mentality creeping into our great game.
— Colin Brown (@ColinBrown09) November 7, 2016
Sorry to hear that Andy Robinson has lost his job. I think that Bristol board needed to accept their fate with more grace.
— Stephen Leatherdale (@StephenLev) November 7, 2016
Andy Robinson finally put out of his misery and sacked by @Bristol_RFC after they suspended him on Thursday
— Jonny Fordham ???????? (@SunJonnyFordham) November 7, 2016
Just broken – Andy Robinson’s left his role as director of rugby at Bristol. Shame if somewhat inevitable.For those who know him a good guy!
— Ian Stafford (@IanStaffs) November 7, 2016
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