Alex King leaves Northampton Saints

Northampton have announced that attack coach Alex King has left the Aviva Premiership club.

Northampton say 41-year-old King has left by mutual agreement with immediate effect. The surprise announcement comes barely 24 hours before Northampton’s European Champions Cup opener against Montpellier.

King, a former fly-half who won five caps for England, is among the most highly-rated backs coaches in Europe.

He was linked earlier this year to a possible role in England boss Eddie Jones’ coaching set-up, while he worked at French giants Clermont Auvergne before joining Saints in 2013.

In a statement released by Northampton, King said: “As of today, both myself and Northampton Saints have reached a mutual agreement that I will be leaving the club.

“Helping Saints win the Aviva Premiership in 2014 is one of my career highlights, and I wish both the players and staff all the success for the coming season.”

Saints chief executive Allan Robson added: “Alex has been a valued member of the coaching staff. He played a big role in our Aviva Premiership and Challenge Cup titles and finishing top of the table in 2015.

“However, we feel that the time is right to move on, and Alex leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future.”

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