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Stanley departs for Gloucester
WARRIORS will not rush into appointing a replacement for Gloucester-bound academy manager Andrew Stanley.
Stanley, an RFU level five coach who played almost 200 first-team games for the Kingsholm outfit before retiring in 1998, is leaving Sixways after seven years.
The former Hartpury College director of rugby has been a key figure for Worcester, developing one of the most respected academy set-ups in the Premiership.
Warriors head coach Richard Hill said: “These are big shoes to fill so we will take our time over replacing Stan and get that decision right to ensure we carry on the good work that he has been doing.
“I have known him for a long time since my days coaching at Gloucester when he was a player.
“I always liked him from the word go because he had a superb attitude and was a grafter and all about 100 per cent commitment.
“He is very serious about his work and very loyal, so I understand how hard a decision it would have been for him to leave Warriors.
“The hours he worked in the academy along with Gary (Meechan) have been staggering.
“It is also testament to them and the way they work that every player who has come through that system has a terrific work ethic and attitude.
“The quality of players produced by the academy here reflects on coaches who have worked with them, so there is no doubt Stan will be missed.”
Having nurtured the likes of Matt Mullan, Chris Pennell, Jake Abbott, Alex Grove and Matt Kvesic into first XV regulars, Stanley admitted it was a tough decision to leave Sixways.
He said: “I was a player at Gloucester for 13 years and started my coaching career at Kingsholm, so this is a good chance for me to return to a club where I played all my rugby.
“It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down and it is the only club I would have left the Warriors for.
“They say if you can leave something and feel it’s in a better position than when you found it then you can be satisfied and I certainly feel that is the case.
“I will retain a strong interest in how the Warriors do and look forward to seeing how the players I’ve worked with continue to develop and improve.”
Warriors already need a new forwards coach and someone on a part-time basis to work on the attack.