Worcester Warriors are set to end their relationship with the coaching duo of Paul Grayson and Andy Long at the end of the season.
World Cup-winning fly-half Paul Grayson was brought in by Warriors' former Director of Rugby Dean Ryan in 2014 to assist with the Warriors’ place-kicking issues.
Grayson, 46, has been holding weekly sessions with the Warriors’ kickers so far this season, but will not be returning at the end of the current campaign.
Andy Long, former England, Northampton Saints, Newcastle Falcons and Bath frontrower has also been holding weekly sessions with Worcester. Long has been providing lineout-throwing coaching to the Warriors hookers.
Current Warriors’ Director of Rugby Alan Solomons has decided the coaching duo of Grayson and Long will no longer be required, with his new look coaching team for the 2018/19 season bringing plenty of expertise in these areas.
Solomons also revealed that Academy coach Gordon Ross and forwards coach Merfin Davies will carry out the roles currently performed by Grayson and Long.
“The coaching group can provide the necessary specialisation,” Solomons said.
“If you take line-out throwing for example, Mef was a class international hooker who was particularly good at the set-piece and throwing at the line-out so he can do that.
“Gordon was an international fly-half so he can definitely do the kicking.
“When it comes to the breakdown, I hardly know a forwards coach who can’t do the attack breakdown and all coaches do the defence breakdown.
“What I am saying is the coaching staff has the expertise to be able to handle those areas.”
Solomons insisted Grayson, Long and Cross had made a “valuable contribution” and would remain in place until the summer.
"Everybody has got their own approach to it and I respect that,” Solomons said.
“There is absolutely no right or wrong way. There are different ways to approach things in rugby.
"I believe I have the people who have the requisite skills so therefore we do not need to have specialist coaches at this point.
“Rory can definitely do the attack breakdown, Omar has been doing and can do the defence breakdown, Gordon can definitely do the kicking and Mef can certainly do the line-out throwing.
“It does not mean the other lads who have been here haven’t made a valuable contribution.
“It’s a slightly different approach with the staff we have at our disposal next season.”
Duncan will succeed Carl Hogg as head coach when he makes the move from Cheetahs ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Ex-Ulster coach Neil Doak will become Warriors’ new attack coach, replacing Sam Vesty who will join Northampton Saints.
“Carl decided the time was right for him to leave and Sam has an opportunity at Northampton,” Solomons added.
Breakdown coach Simon Cross will also be leaving the Warriors, with incoming head coach Rory Duncan and defence coach Omar Mouneimne taking up the work currently peformed by the former Scotland international.