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George Skivington appointed head coach of Gloucester: London Irish “considers options” after coach departure Rugby Union News

Gloucester announced the appointment of Skivington as new head coach on Saturday

Last update: 27/06/20 23:17

London Irish says George Skivington has a contract until 2021

The Irish in London say they have not received any approach from Gloucester to speak to their coach George Skivington and are considering their options.

Gloucester announced the appointment of the Exiles Skivington coach as new head coach on Saturday, with the 37-year-old expected to begin his new role on July 3rd.

However, the Irish from London claim that Skivington, who became their forward coach after retiring from the game in 2016, remains under contract until June 2021 and believes that Gloucester has violated the Premiership Rugby protocols.

Irish CEO Brian Facer said: “To say that we are disappointed with the announcement of Gloucester is an understatement.

“George is highly valued and respected in Hazelwood, and it is understandable that we would not want to lose him, especially so close to resuming the game after the crash.

“We also know that he is an ambitious young man who would one day appreciate the opportunity to become the head coach of a club.

“However, the protocols are clear that a club must be contacted in writing when there are more than six months left in the relevant contract, regardless of whether it is a player or a coach.

George Skivington spent four seasons as a player with London Irish before retiring and joining his technical staff in 2016

George Skivington spent four seasons as a player with London Irish before retiring and joining his technical staff in 2016

“George has a contract with London Irish until June 2021 and has not served us with the required notice period, nor have the terms of his contract been violated.

“More importantly, we have never received any proactive communication from Gloucester.

“We therefore believe that Gloucester has violated the Premiership Rugby Code of Conduct regarding incentives and approaches towards a contract player, a member of technical staff and another contract person.

“This is a very serious problem, therefore, as a result, we reserve the right to consider all of our options under the Premiership Rugby governance protocols and other remedies.”

Sky Sports News attempted to contact Gloucester for comment.

Skivington impressed by Gloucester’s vision

Skivington was announced as the heir to Johan Ackermann, who resigned as head coach of Gloucester last month to take on a coaching role in the Japanese Top League NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes team.

Skivington said: “I have been very impressed with everyone I have met in the club so far and with the vision they have for the club.

“What I particularly liked was the far-reaching vision, building from the Academy, through the first team and across the club. I can’t wait to do my part.

“When I was playing, Gloucester was one of a couple of clubs you never imagined visiting. We want to bring that feeling back to Kingsholm.”

Gloucester’s crescent, Danny Cipriani, expressed his approval for Skivington’s appointment, tweeting: “This is the most exciting announcement of a coach I have seen in rugby, thinking of the preface (sic).

“The kind of man you build a club with. Very grateful, I can play my last years under him.”

Gloucester is reviewing its hierarchy, with David Humphreys stepping aside as the club’s rugby director.

Gloucester is ninth in the Premiership table with four wins in 13 games

Gloucester is ninth on the Premiership table with four wins in 13 games

They will not appoint a replacement, with Alex Brown in charge of recruiting after being promoted to the position of general manager.

“I took a look at the game team and there are some really cool players,” said Skivington.

“It doesn’t need to be rebuilt, but there are obviously one or two areas that require some work.

“When Gloucester was successful, it was always based on having a formidable package. We have to make sure we have a package that has the kind of reputation it used to have.

“When we do that, with the skill and pace of the shoulders we have at the club, we will start getting the desired results again.”

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