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Edinburgh sack head coach Rob Moffat


McKie says results must match funding

Edinburgh have sacked head coach Rob Moffat after 18 months in charge.

The club currently sit seventh in the Magners League and failed to progress from their Heineken Cup pool.

Moffat's current assistant, and Scotland A head coach, Nick Scrivener will take over at Murrayfield until the end of the season.

Scottish Rugby chief executive Gordon McKie said: "He has always given the club his total commitment, and acted with dignity and professionalism."

McKie added: "Clearly, we were all disappointed at the end of last season, when Edinburgh were unsuccessful in their bid to reach the Magners League play-offs, and results this season have not been as we would have hoped for.

"Rob is rightly held in great affection by Edinburgh and Scottish rugby fans and it is with a degree of regret that we make today's announcement.

"However, as we are now in the middle of the season, we need to look ahead. We will therefore advertise the role, to find a coach who will help us restore Edinburgh to more regular winning ways."

Boston Exile

Moffat replaced Andy Robinson at Edinburgh in July 2009, having previously been assistant to the Scotland coach.

At that time the side had just finished second in the Magners League - their highest-ever finish.

With the side currently seventh, changes are being made although Moffat appears to still have a future within the game.

McKie said: "On behalf of Edinburgh and Scottish Rugby, I have thanked Rob for his hard work and dedication, and have asked him to take a short break.

"Upon his return, we will discuss the potential to agree a different role for Rob elsewhere in Scottish Rugby."

A winger in his playing days, Moffat played 256 times for Melrose, but the closest he came to a Scotland cap was when he was part of the squad that toured the Far East in 1977.

On turning to coaching, he has earned a reputation for developing young talent, and future Scotland internationals Gregor Townsend and Chris Paterson emerged from Gala's academy during Moffat's time at the Borders club.

Edinburgh Rugby's chief executive Craig Docherty added: "It's been a pleasure to work with Rob and I know that no-one has been more frustrated than him at some of our results this season.

"He has great respect across the rugby community having been involved in a variety of roles at all levels of the game.

"Looking ahead, I believe that Nick will offer the required continuity, having been at the club for 18 months. I very much look forward to seeing the players respond, and to working with him to ensure the club progresses in the Magners League."

Scrivener, who took over as Scotland A coach in November, will be in charge for Edinbugh's next Magners League match against Newport-Gwent Dragons on 12 February.

He said: "I am very much looking forward to the challenge of taking the team forward and I will be doing everything I can to bring success to Edinburgh Rugby in the second half of the season."

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see also
Edinburgh 14-21 Cardiff Blues
22 Jan 11 |  Rugby Union
Visser signs Edinburgh extension
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Moffat appointed Edinburgh coach
16 Jul 09 |  Edinburgh

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