Bath Rugby has confirmed the shocking departure of Chairman Ed Griffiths, who has had significant power behind the scenes at the Premiership since his arrival in January.
Blue, Black and White today confirmed their new rugby coaching structure for the 2022/23 season after a seasonal revision and subsequent reset, when Stuart Hooper lost his rugby director title and a new message to newcomer Rugby Chief Johann van Graan.
South African van Graan, who came as head coach in Munster, will take over the role of head of rugby in Bath from July 1 and lead the club’s rugby program.
Takes full responsibility for rugby matters. Van Graan will focus on team coaching and performance and will oversee all coaching and performance staff.
The former Hooper captain resigns as rugby director and takes on the new position of general manager under van Graan.
In his new role, Hooper will support van Graan in fulfilling the club’s long-term plans, which include further improvements to its playing field and academy; and developing competitive advantage in the areas of data, psychology, nutrition, training and performance facilities.
It is clear that the statement announcing the changes does not mention that Hooper was involved in the recruitment.
Bath Rugby CEO Tarquin McDonald said: “These roles are confirmed before our last game of the season against the Worcester Warriors and as we prepare for the 2022/23 season.
“This reset will provide the basis for the club’s recovery in the coming seasons.”
After reviewing the club’s rugby program during the season in November 2021, former CEO Saracens Griffiths was tasked with leading the Bath Rugby performance and arrived at the chairman on January 1, and many of his recommendations have now been implemented.
Owner Bruce Craig, who resigned as chairman in January, said: “We thank Edward for everything he has done to help our club reorient.
“He has brought expertise, knowledge and experience and is leaving the club in a significantly stronger position.
“I will continue to support the club as we move forward.”
Whether the club will continue to have a chairman or play this role has not been announced.
A number of changes are coming after Bath’s worst season in the professional era, when the club moved from the bottom of the Gallagher Premiership table last weekend thanks to a victory over the London Irish.
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