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Tue 31 Dec 2019 | 10:53

Ospreys' contentious coaching saga concluded

Ospreys' contentious coaching saga concluded
Tue 31 Dec 2019 | 10:53
Ospreys' contentious coaching saga concluded
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NEWS: The Ospreys and Allen Clarke have finally gone their separate ways after a month of behind the scenes legal wranglings.

This brings to an end a sorry saga for the Pro14 outfit.

The club released a statement on the matter, saying that Clarke would leave his position with the club with ‘immediate effect’.

The Ospreys had initially claimed it was a matter of personal conduct.

The official statement read: “Ospreys can announce that they have reached a legally binding agreement to part company with head coach Allen Clarke with immediate effect.

“Clarke joined the region as forwards coach in 2017 before being promoted to head coach after signing a three-year contract in 2018.

“The Ospreys would like to thank Mr Clarke for all his efforts and contribution while he was at the Liberty Stadium.

“There will be no further comment by the Ospreys on this matter.”

How Ospreys have handled the situation was much criticised in November after James Hook and assistant coach Richie Pugh attended a Pro14 event at Cardiff City Stadium but refused to take questions regarding Clarke and whether or not he was still the team boss.

Ospreys’ Managing Director AndrewMillward claimed: “The purpose of the Pro14 meeting was to talk about Pro14 and rugby so we were obliged to supply a coach and a player, not management, so it was unavoidable other than you [the media)] could have chosen not to ask them kind of questions to the people you had in front of you and you didn’t.”

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Ospreys' Contentious Coaching Saga Concluded | Rugby365