Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson exits

Danny Wilson

Scottish Rugby announced on Monday that Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson has been “stood down” from his role with immediate effect.

“The decision was taken by Scottish Rugby following a meeting with Wilson earlier today (Monday),” said Scottish Rugby.

“Scottish Rugby would like to thank Danny for his contribution over the past four years.

“The Glasgow Warriors squad will break for the close season at the end of this week and the club will now begin a recruitment process for a new head coach.”

Glasgow Warriors MD Al Kellock said: “The recent run of results have not been acceptable and had a significant impact on everyone connected to the club.

“We are a proud organisation and want to be competitive week in, week out and we felt therefore a change of head coach was the right step to take.

“It is never pleasant to have to make changes to our team, but we needed to act.

“I’ve enjoyed working closely with Danny and know he has given a huge amount to Glasgow over the past two seasons and for that I’d like to thank him and wish him well.”

Wilson said: “I am proud that we finished the season in the top eight and qualified for a quarter-final and like everyone I am extremely disappointed with the result at the weekend.”

Wilson took up the Glasgow Warriors role in the summer of 2020 and led the United Rugby Championship side for two seasons.

Wilson first came to Scotland as the national team’s forwards coach in 2018 and was part of Gregor Townsend’s coaching group at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “I’d like to thank Danny for his contribution to rugby in Scotland over the past four years.

“He faced a challenging period taking on the Glasgow role mid-pandemic and while there have been several high points ultimately recent results have not been consistent enough and given the importance of our two professional teams, we needed to address that in a timely manner.

“I have a lot of respect for Danny and the professional way he conducts himself and wish him well in the future.”

Scottish Rugby director of high-performance rugby Jim Mallinder said: “Danny has worked with and developed a significant number of players in the Scotland set-up over the past four years and I’d like to thank him for all his hard work and commitment across Scotland and Glasgow Warriors.

“There is no doubt the team faced a difficult run in to the end of the URC competition but as we move into a world cup season it is vital we put ourselves in the best possible position to compete consistently on the professional and international stage.

“I want to wish Danny all the very best in his next role in rugby.”

 

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