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O’Connor coached at Leicester between 2010 and 2013 earlier than leaving to take the highest job at Leinster and subsequently going to work for Queensland Reds and Tonga

Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor has left the membership with rapid impact.

O’Connor, 47, departed 48 hours after the Tigers misplaced 40-6 at Exeter of their opening Premiership recreation of the season.

Assistant coach and membership stalwart Geordan Murphy has been put in momentary cost of the primary group.

Leicester missed out on a spot within the Premiership play-offs for the primary time in 14 seasons in Might, ending the season in fifth place.

Former Australia worldwide O’Connor was in his second spell on the membership, having been appointed in April 2017. He was a coach underneath Richard Cockerill between 2010 and 2013.

He changed Aaron Mauger, who had been in cost for 4 months after Cockerill was sacked by the 10-time Premiership champions.

“We consider the time is correct to make this alteration,” chairman Peter Tom informed the membership web site.

“We wish to thank Matt for his onerous work and dedication to the membership in two spells at Welford Street, and we want him and his household nicely for the long run.”

O’Connor ‘misplaced the dressing room’

Leicester obtained into Exeter’s 22 simply as soon as of their defeat on Saturday – their biggest-ever opening day defeat

O’Connor was in command of Leicester for the ultimate three video games of the 2016-17 season because the membership beat Newcastle and Worcester to seal fourth place, earlier than dropping out within the play-off semi-finals by one level at Wasps.

However final season the Tigers misplaced 9 instances, with defeat at house to Newcastle within the penultimate recreation of the season ending any hope of a top-four end.

“I am not stunned he is been sacked,” former Leicester fly-half Bleddyn Jones informed BBC Radio Leicester.

“The gamers weren’t on his aspect and you can see that on Saturday. I feel he had misplaced the dressing room.

“His manner confirmed an air of resignation. He performed gamers that had been injured and did not have match health.

“He did not look glad, however I assumed they’d give him a month. However clearly, issues weren’t proper within the camp.”

Murphy is aware of Leicester’s ‘expectations and ambitions’

Geordan Murphy received 72 caps for Eire and scored greater than 650 factors in additional than 300 appearances for Leicester as a participant

Murphy received eight home and two European titles as a Leicester participant.

He’ll lead fellow coaches Mark Bakewell, Boris Stankovich and Brett Deacon till a successor is appointed by the membership.

“Leicester Tigers will all the time aspire to problem for main honours within the extremely aggressive area {of professional} elite membership rugby and everybody on the membership will absolutely help Geordan and the administration group in driving the group ahead,” Tom added in an announcement.

“Geordan is aware of the expectations and ambitions of the Tigers in addition to anybody after greater than 20 years right here as participant and coach, and we want him and the group the perfect for the challenges forward.”

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