Richard Cockerill has been announced as the new head coach of Edinburgh.
The 46-year-old takes over from acting head coach Duncan Hodge from the start of next season.
Cockerill has been given a two-year deal by the Pro12 side.
BREAKING | Richard Cockerill has been appointed Head Coach of Edinburgh Rugby with effect from the start of next season. pic.twitter.com/jGErTYng9q
— Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) February 20, 2017
Cockerill was sacked by Leicester earlier this season after more than a decade with the Aviva Premiership club. He was appointed head coach in 2009 and then became Director of Rugby in 2010. The former England international hooker won three Premiership titles with Leicester.
He was reportedly given an ultimatum by the club late last year after a poor run of results which he ultimately failed to halt and resulted in his sacking.
While Cockerill was Director of Rugby, Aaron Mauger was head coach. The former All Black and Cockerill reportedly did not see eye-to-eye on various matters with Mauger letting it be known he was unable to work with Cockerill.
After departing Leicester, Cockerill moved to Toulon where he took up a temporary role as a concultant.
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