WARRIORS defence coach Omar Mouneimne is to depart Sixways with immediate effect, the club have revealed.
Sixways chiefs revealed the shock move in a statement with Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons branding the move ‘a mutual benefit to both the club and Omar’.
The highly-regarded defensive mastermind was once thought of a potential future head coach at Sixways but will now leave the club after three years in Worcester.
“The club is moving in another direction and the incoming coaching staff will facilitate this by, amongst other things, the good synergy they will provide,” Solomons said.
“They all know each other well and JT [Jonathan Thomas] and Iro [Mark Irish] have worked together for a number of years. I have also worked with both JT and Iro and have struck up a good relationship with both them and Jockey [Matt Sherratt].
“Importantly, and over and above the strong synergy which will exist within the new coaching team, it has become clear from the discussions we have had over the last period that we are all aligned.
“This is critical for the club to progress. Omar, on the other hand, after having given valuable and much appreciated service to the club over a number of years, is at a point where he is looking for a fresh challenge.
“In the short term, JT will take over the role of defence coach – a role he performed superbly during my short stint at Bristol – and Iro will focus on the forwards with JT lending a hand. We will then review the situation after the conclusion of the 2019/2020 competition.
“On a personal note I would like to thank Omar, who I have worked with for many years, for all he has done for the club and wish him well in his future endeavours.”