Northampton Saints are set to part ways with long-serving coach at the end of the season.
Northampton Saints have announced that forwards coach Dorian West will leave the Premiership outfit at the end of the current season through mutual consent.
West, 50, joined the Saints coaching set-up in 2007 helping to send the Saints through to domestic and European glory. The forwards coach turned the Saints pack into one of the most well drilled and efficient seen in the Premiership during their time at the top but has struggled to replicate such form in recent years.
The former England international is one of the longest-serving coaches in the Premiership but following this season's poor results, the Saints board decided the change would be in the best interest of the club.
“I would like to thank Dorian for everything he has done for Northampton Saints,” said chief executive Mark Darbon.
“We have been very lucky to have him at Franklin’s Gardens and he will always be a part of the Saints family.
"Dorian is a superb professional and is now firmly focused on helping the squad to finish the current season as strongly as possible.”
John White, Northampton Saints chairman, added: “Under Dorian’s guidance, the Club possessed the most ferocious pack in English rugby and his role in our triumphs over the last decade should not be underestimated.
“Dorian leaves with our very best wishes and thanks for everything he has contributed to Saints.”
“I’ve created some fantastic memories at Franklin’s Gardens, and I want to thank Jim Mallinder and all the staff for their support and friendship in my time here,” said West.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved at Saints; we turned a side that had just been relegated from the Premiership into one of the very best teams in Europe.
“When you look back on your career as a player or a coach, you remember the trophies you won rather than the games you lost, and I’m happy we were able to win so many finals for the people of Northampton over the last decade.
“But all good things must come to an end and after Jim left the club earlier in the season I have gradually come to the decision that it’s time for a new challenge away from Franklin’s Gardens.
“I wish the playing squad all the best for the future, and for now I hope we can end this season on a high note.”