Rugby Football Union Championship club the Yorkshire Carnegie has announced that it has parted company with head coach Gary Mercer.
The 48 year old Mercer was appointed as the head coach of the team last summer but was not present to lead the team out since their draw against Plymouth Albion in November. Although officials of the team refused to accept it at the time of announcing his departure, Tommy McGee has been in charge of the team during the long absence of Mercer as head coach and it is believed that he will now take the job full time now that Mercer is no longer associated with the club.
Gary Hetherington, the chief executive of the Yorkshire Carnegie announced the departure in a brief press conference and he said that he, on behalf on everyone associated with the club would want to wish Gary Mercer all the very best for his future endeavours and also extended his gratitude to their former head coach for his efforts.
He went on to add that it was very unfortunate for both the club and the coach that things didn’t go as well as both parties would have hoped it would when the partnership was announced but at the end of it, both parties can now move forward after a mutual agreement was reached.
Yorkshire Carnegie are one of the biggest rugby union clubs in the country with one of the best infrastructure and state of the art facilities that could put some of the Aviva Premiership clubs to shame. But things have not worked out for them since relegation to the RFU Championship a couple of years back and they are languishing at ninth in the table, 14 points away from a spot in the playoffs with nine games left to play.