England fly-half George Ford has admitted he did not agree with the sacking of his father, Mike Ford, as Bath head coach earlier this year.
Speaking to Sportsmail, Ford indicated he had been left unsettled by his father’s departure following a chaotic 2015/16 season at the Rec, which saw Bath finish ninth and miss out on both the Aviva Premiership playoffs and qualification for the European Champions Cup.
Ford Sr. led Bath to the Premiership final the previous year but a cocktail of international call-ups, lengthy injuries and the poisonous fallout from the Sam Burgess saga saw owner Bruce Craig finally lose patience in May.
“It was difficult. I’m not going to say it wasn’t. I didn’t agree with it — I’d be daft if I did agree with it. The reason I was so upset and disappointed … well, it’s your dad at the end of the day, so you’re going to be,” Ford told Sportsmail.
“I just think if you look at the three years I’d been at the club and my dad had been there, we went from eighth or ninth in the league to the Premiership final. The rugby was fun, too. We placed a lot of emphasis on the execution of attacking rugby and we had a young English team.
“Last year was obviously massively disappointing but I don’t think there was one particular reason. There were a lot of factors.
“I honestly think that last year would have been the making of us as a team if everyone had carried on.”
Ford Sr. recently replaced Diego Dominguez as head coach of European giants Toulon.
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