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Richard Cockerill Sacked As Leicester Director Of Rugby

Richard Cockerill Sacked As Leicester Director Of Rugby
By PJ Browne Updated

Leicester have sacked Richard Cockerill as Director of Rugby after six years in the position with the Aviva Premiership club

In a statement released this morning, Leicester said Cockerill would leave with 'immediate effect'.

Leicester currently sit fifth in the Premiership - a massive 15 points adrift of league leaders Wasps. They've also lost their last two games a 31-10 hammering to Exeter on Christmas Eve and a 16-12 loss at home to Saracens on New Year's Day.

The club also look unlikely to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions Cup. They got revenge on Munster for a 38-0 shellacking at Thomond Park on December 10th with a last-gasp 18-16 win at Welford Road the following weekend but are still three points behind Munster in Pool A and Rassie Erasmus's side have a game in hand.

Cockerill has been at the club as a coach since 2004 and became Director on Rugby in 2010. The 46-year-old said that he departs still believing that he is the man for the job.

It is with great sadness and regret that I leave my position as director of rugby with immediate effect. I still believe that I am the right person to lead the team at this present time but respect the Board's decision to make change as they see fit in the best interests of the club.

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