Paul Gustard: Harlequins head of rugby leaves position by mutual consent
Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard has left the Premiership membership by mutual consent after two-and-a-half years.
The 44-year-old joined Quins in the summertime of 2018, having beforehand been England’s defence coach, and has departed ‘to allow him to pursue different alternatives’, a membership assertion mentioned.
Gustard led Harlequins to a fifth-placed end in his first season in cost and sixth place final time period.
Quins are seventh within the Premiership with two wins from six video games.
“The membership thanks Paul for his tireless power and dedication over the past two and a half years,” the Harlequins assertion learn.
“His ardour and drive to succeed have been evident all through his time on the membership. Everybody at Harlequins needs Paul and his household all the perfect for the longer term.”
Harlequins basic supervisor Billy Millard will oversee first-team affairs for the remainder of the season with help from fellow coaches Jerry Flannery, Nick Evans and Adam Jones.
Millard spent 4 years working Australia’s sevens crew and was additionally head coach on the Melbourne Rebels, in addition to being backs coach with Cardiff Blues, Connacht and the USA nationwide crew.
Gustard was a embellished participant, successful 4 Premiership titles and a Heineken Cup in a five-year spell at Leicester from 1997 to 2002 earlier than spending 5 years at London Irish and two seasons at Saracens.
He joined the Saracens teaching crew in 2008 and was the membership’s defence coach till 2016 – a interval which noticed Saracens win three Premiership titles and a European Champions Cup – earlier than Eddie Jones introduced him into his England teaching set-up.
Underneath Gustard’s management, Harlequins had been runners-up in final season’s Premiership Cup, shedding to Sale within the ultimate, and made the semi-finals of the 2018-19 European Problem Cup.
However within the Premiership the membership misplaced extra video games than they received in each of Gustard’s full seasons in cost, though they improved on the Tenth-placed end the membership skilled the season earlier than he took over.
BBC rugby union correspondent Chris Jones
Gustard arrived at Quins in 2018 to a lot fanfare, a defence coach with a robust monitor report getting his deserved shot at being the highest man, even foregoing the experiences of a Rugby World Cup to maneuver to The Stoop.
However regardless of indicators of enchancment, and Quins creeping up the desk, it has not gone to plan, with the identical points round self-discipline, defence and identification dogging the facet for the previous few seasons.
It’s the second Quins teaching ticket in below three years that has disbanded prematurely, for which each the board and the gamers should take some duty, and now the stress is on to get the following appointment proper in any other case the membership might find yourself languishing on the mistaken finish of the Premiership desk.