By Ali Stokes
Leicester Tigers have parted ways with Head Coach Matt O'Connor following the defeat in the opening game of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership.
O'Connor has left Leicester with immediate effect with assistant coach Geordan Murphy taking over on an interim basis.
In his second spell with Leicester, having previously spent time at Welford Road between 2009 and 2013, O'Connor was appointed in April of the 2016/17 season.
Rumblings during summer preparations reported O'Connor did not arrive at the club's pre-season training until two weeks after the start date, with rumours suggesting that the Tigers board were disappointed in O'Connor's failure to qualify for the Premiership play-offs for the first time in 14-years.
Leicester Tigers club chairman Peter Tom CBE said: “Matt was appointed head coach in April 2017 on the basis of his previous Premiership experience and his knowledge of the club. But we believe the time is right to make this change in the best interests of the Tigers moving forward.
“We would like to thank Matt for his hard work and commitment to the club in two spells at Welford Road, and we wish him and his family well for the future.”
Former captain Murphy will assume control of the squad alongside forwards coach Mark Bakewell, scrum coach Boris Stankovich and Senior Development Coach Brett Deacon.
Chairman Peter Tom added: “As a club, Leicester Tigers will always aspire to challenge for major honours in the incredibly competitive arena of professional elite club rugby and everyone at the club will fully support Geordan and the management group in driving the team forward.
“Geordan knows the expectations and ambitions of the Tigers as well as anyone after more than 20 years here as player and coach, and we wish him and the team the very best for the challenges ahead.”
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