Worcester Warriors part company with head coach Richard Hill

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WORCESTER Warriors have parted company with head coach Richard Hill.

Hill has paid the ultimate price for another torrid season that has seen Worcester struggle to break clear of the Aviva Premiership drop-zone.

With London Welsh’s top-flight relegation confirmed at the weekend, the Sixways powers-that-be have opted to bring Hill’s time at the club to an end.

Former Bristol boss Hill was brought to Sixways in May 2010 in the wake of Mike Ruddock’s sacking with Warriors having been relegated to the Championship.

The ex-England scrum-half was charged with returning Worcester to the top tier of English rugby at the first time of asking, a challenge he achieved with a play-off final victory over Cornish Pirates.

Despite steadying the Sixways ship and keeping the side in the Premiership at the expense of Newcastle Falcons the following season, Hill has been unable to move the team forward.

Heineken Cup qualification has been a long-held ambition for Worcester but, under Hill, that dream seems as far away as it has ever been.

Hill has presided over a league campaign that has brought just five wins from 20 games to date and sees Worcester once again languishing in the division’s bottom four.

Warriors are currently ninth, ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Harlequins and the final-day trip to relegated Welsh, but there is no chance of them climbing any higher in the table.

Hill’s side are a massive 17 points adrift of sixth-placed Exeter Chiefs, who occupy the final Heineken Cup qualification spot, and the Sixways board have decided to act now in a bid to turn the club’s on-pitch fortunes around.

Tenth-placed Sale and London Irish, who are 11th, are two and three points below Warriors respectively, so there is a realistic chance Worcester could finish the year second-from-bottom, which would be far below what has been expected of Hill this term.

 

 

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2:00pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Respectable says...

Hope the board get into some meaningful "Lessons Learnt" activity so they can understand what went well and what didn't. No point recruiting a replacement into the same working environment / constraints.
The club now has a great opportunity to move forward. I look forward to a more successful campaign next season.
Hope the board get into some meaningful "Lessons Learnt" activity so they can understand what went well and what didn't. No point recruiting a replacement into the same working environment / constraints. The club now has a great opportunity to move forward. I look forward to a more successful campaign next season. Respectable

2:28pm Tue 16 Apr 13

wrfchooker says...

I would love to see Dean Ryan in charge did a great job in short time north of the border - would be respected by players and fans alike and put some spine and dog into the squad which is long overdue - would suspect Redman and Vickery will get P45 as they don't seem to have had much impact.
I would love to see Dean Ryan in charge did a great job in short time north of the border - would be respected by players and fans alike and put some spine and dog into the squad which is long overdue - would suspect Redman and Vickery will get P45 as they don't seem to have had much impact. wrfchooker

3:08pm Tue 16 Apr 13

dulon says...

You have to agree that the current situation was unsustainable . Despite the flat earth society claiming that he needed one more year , The situation was just not going to improve with the former incumbent . Now lets hope that the whole club can get behind a new coach and lets look forward to the new season . ..... As for this saturday I don't know where my money will go with all of the departures due , it will be a hard task to motivate the side .
You have to agree that the current situation was unsustainable . Despite the flat earth society claiming that he needed one more year , The situation was just not going to improve with the former incumbent . Now lets hope that the whole club can get behind a new coach and lets look forward to the new season . ..... As for this saturday I don't know where my money will go with all of the departures due , it will be a hard task to motivate the side . dulon

3:09pm Tue 16 Apr 13

William Blessing says...

I think Richard Hill did well.
I think Richard Hill did well. William Blessing

3:19pm Tue 16 Apr 13

WS1991 says...

Needs to takehis backroom staff and a few players with him too
Needs to takehis backroom staff and a few players with him too WS1991

3:19pm Tue 16 Apr 13

wrfchooker says...

William Blessing wrote:
I think Richard Hill did well.
really depends I guess on your definition of doing well???
[quote][p][bold]William Blessing[/bold] wrote: I think Richard Hill did well.[/p][/quote]really depends I guess on your definition of doing well??? wrfchooker

3:38pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Give Up! says...

Dean Ryan it is then.......
Dean Ryan it is then....... Give Up!

4:33pm Tue 16 Apr 13

zx12r says...

Joy of joys, just lets hope we clear out from top to bottom. that means Little, Redman & as many others that can be found lurking under stones.
No point in having another 'yes man' with Little in domination, the club must get it right this time.
The 'flat earth' & blinkered society must be beside themselves with grief.
Joy of joys, just lets hope we clear out from top to bottom. that means Little, Redman & as many others that can be found lurking under stones. No point in having another 'yes man' with Little in domination, the club must get it right this time. The 'flat earth' & blinkered society must be beside themselves with grief. zx12r

6:36pm Tue 16 Apr 13

WS1991 says...

Martin Johnson, Nick Mallet or Graham Rowntree please. Ok, ok maybe those names are too ambitious... Would settle with Dean Ryan.
Martin Johnson, Nick Mallet or Graham Rowntree please. Ok, ok maybe those names are too ambitious... Would settle with Dean Ryan. WS1991

9:32pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Voice of the Voyager says...

All depends how you judge Richer Dill by 'doing well'. He staved off the perennial relegation worries since coming up - just - but could never shake off the ball and chain to move up the league. He must have been as dented as anyone when young players started departing post Academy, but - unless TG wishes to put pen to paper - could not state openly probably the real reasons why they are going. Maybe now he has departed, the true story might come out.
Dean Ryan - maybe - but do you need a big name to attract and retain the good players? Apart from the coaching side, management needs to look at their input into the mix.
Finally, the abysmal away record lies squarely with those on the pitch, and some of the headless chicken decisions made which have thrown games away. So dont blame Richer for everything wayward at the Ways..
All depends how you judge Richer Dill by 'doing well'. He staved off the perennial relegation worries since coming up - just - but could never shake off the ball and chain to move up the league. He must have been as dented as anyone when young players started departing post Academy, but - unless TG wishes to put pen to paper - could not state openly probably the real reasons why they are going. Maybe now he has departed, the true story might come out. Dean Ryan - maybe - but do you need a big name to attract and retain the good players? Apart from the coaching side, management needs to look at their input into the mix. Finally, the abysmal away record lies squarely with those on the pitch, and some of the headless chicken decisions made which have thrown games away. So dont blame Richer for everything wayward at the Ways.. Voice of the Voyager
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