Bernard Jackman's Dragons are Bernard Jackman's Dragons no more - from now on they will wear the Spartan title of 'The Dragons' in the Irish media following the departure of their head coach.
The Welsh club have today confirmed that they have parted company with the former Leinster hooker after a season-and-a-half in charge. Jackman took over at the beginning of last season but won just twice all season, and despite significant strengthening over the summer with the arrival of, among others, Welsh internationals Ross Moriarty and Richard Hibbard, they have not shown a substantial improvement this season.
The Dragons have won three from ten thus far this season, and are second from bottom of Conference B, just a point better off than the Southern Kings. They have been unimpressive in Europe, too, with just one win from three Challenge Cup games to date.
Jackman's last league game in charge was a 59-10 battering at home to a much-changed Leinster team, and his final match was the Challenge Cup defeat to Northampton Saints, on a scoreline of 48-14.
His firing comes halfway into a three-year contract, with his final record reading: Played 44, won 11, lost 31, drawn 2.