Worcester have announced that rugby director Dean Ryan has left the Aviva Premiership club.
The Warriors said that Ryan “has been released from his contract and will leave his post immediately.”
Ryan’s exit comes barely two months before the new Premiership season starts.
Worcester said that their senior management team will consist of head coach Carl Hogg and high performance director Nick Johnston, who will both report to club chief executive Jim O’Toole.
Hogg will retain responsibility for the first-team squad, with Johnston continuing his work with the academy, medical, sports science and player welfare departments at Sixways.
Worcester, with Ryan at the helm, have made a number of new signings in readiness for next term, including England squad centre Ben Te’o from Leinster.
Recent media speculation suggested that 50-year-old Ryan had been unhappy with finances made available in terms of Warriors’ playing budget.
Ryan joined Worcester in May 2013, and although the Warriors were relegated a year later, they regained Premiership status at the first attempt and retained a top-flight position last term.
The former England number eight, meanwhile, has been strongly linked to the top job at Bath, which has been vacant since Mike Ford’s departure from the Recreation Ground.
O’Toole said: “We are very sorry to see Dean move on from Sixways.
“He has been instrumental in developing and putting in place our long-term plan, and we have been delighted with our progress and the momentum we have built up over the last three years.
“Dean has also helped to build a team around him who are ready to step up to the next level and build on that progress.
“For the first time in Warriors’ history we have an active succession plan which has already kicked-in.
“We are an ambitious club with sights on the top six places in the Premiership and the Champions Cup.”
In a statement announcing Ryan’s exit, the club added: “The Warriors board has committed to a 25 percent increase in the rugby budget for the 2016-17 season.
“And it is following a long-term strategy based on the development of a solid base of English-qualified players via an annual £500,000 investment in the academy, a £500,000 academy house, a £3.5million investment in top-class facilities and infrastructure and the commitment to spending to the Premiership salary cap to make the current squad as competitive as possible.”
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Worcester release director of rugby Ryan
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