Premiership outfit Worcester Warriors have been thrown into turmoil after their director of rugby, Gary Gold, confirmed his intention to leave Sixways Stadium to take over as United States head coach at the end of the season.
South African Gold, 50, joined Worcester in January on an interim basis before guiding the Warriors to Premiership safety and signing a new one-deal in April.
The news will come as a blow to Worcester, who have lost all five of their Premiership fixtures this season and are rooted to the foot of the table having accrued just a solitary point.
“We are naturally disappointed Gary will be leaving but we fully understand his desire to coach at an international level,” said Worcester chairman Bill Bolsover.
Gold is set to assist Worcester in sourcing his replacement. “We are working with Gary to ensure we can appoint a director of rugby who is capable of building on the good work he and his coaching team have done, and someone who is able to take us forward like Gary has done,” added Bolsover.
“We are confident Gary will be able to oversee a successful season before he takes on his new position.”