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Geordan Murphy Appointed Interim Leicester Coach As O'Connor Sacked

Geordan Murphy Appointed Interim Leicester Coach As O'Connor Sacked

Leicester Tiger's head coach Matt O’Connor has left the club with immediate effect after just one game of the new Gallagher Premiership season.

It comes after the club were hammered 40-6 by the Exeter Chiefs last weekend. He will be replaced by assistant coach and former Irish player Geordan Murphy on an interim basis.

Leicester chairman Peter Tom made the announcement today.

Matt was appointed head coach in April 2017 on the basis of his previous Premiership experience and his knowledge of the club.

But we believe the time is right to make this change in the best interests of the Tigers moving forward.

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Murphy, who played for the club 316 times, has served as assistant coach for five years. The former club captain was an eight-time Premiership title winner. Tom spoke highly of 40-year-old when breaking the news.

As a club, Leicester Tigers will always aspire to challenge for major honours in the incredibly competitive arena of professional elite club rugby and everyone at the club will fully support Geordan and the management group in driving the team forward,

Geordan knows the expectations and ambitions of the Tigers as well as anyone after more than 20 years here as player and coach, and we wish him and the team the very best for the challenges ahead.

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