The ailing French rugby player Clermont sacked head coach Jono Gibbs on Monday, and the final straw was a humiliating 44-29 home defeat in the Champions Cup to the Leicester Tigers.
The 45-year-old former New Zealand rower is leaving in less than two years, and the two-time French champions are languishing in 10th place in the Top 14 and are facing an uphill battle to reach the Champions playoffs. Cup.
“Due to recurring problems with style of play and position in both the top 14 and the Champions Cup, the president has decided to release Jono Gibbs from his duties,” the club said in a statement.
The players were called in early in the morning to break the news, hours before flying to South Africa for the Champions Cup game against the Stormers this weekend.
The three-time European Cup winner said defensive coach Jared Payne, who has played 20 games in Ireland, will temporarily replace Gibbs during his trip to Cape Town.
Clermont’s only win in the last five matches has gone to the South African side at home, but the French need to win to maintain play-off hopes.
According to L’Equipe newspaper, former Bordeaux-Begles coach Christophe Urios is reportedly lining up to replace Gibbs for a long time.
The combative 57-year-old was sacked by Bordeaux-Begles in November last year.
Gibbs, who spoke of his shame after losing at Leicester, has had a turbulent time at Clermont, especially with the departures of great clubs, scrum half Morgan Parr and midfielder Camille Lopez, at the end of last season.
Although both of these players are nearing the end of their stellar careers – Parré is 34 and López is 33 – the loss of Clermont’s star player Damian Peno, who will join Bordeaux-Begle at the end of the season, will hit the team. it’s hard for them.