David Humphreys: Gloucester boss to appoint head coach

Gloucester praise 'icon' Humphreys

Gloucester's newly-appointed director of rugby David Humphreys will lead the search for a head coach at the club.

The former Ireland international, 42, has ended his two-decade association with Ulster to move to Kingsholm.

And Humphreys has been given the opportunity to appoint a head coach - a role which was not filled under former Gloucester boss Nigel Davies.

"David has a wonderful track record in terms of recruitment," chief executive Stephen Vaughan told BBC Points West.

"We've had a number of CVs come in and David will have his own opinions.

"We're prioritising that, as well as sitting down with the current coaches here now, but it's something I'm keen for David to get on with."

Davies was dismissed by the Cherry and Whites at the end of last season, after a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Premiership.

Humphreys was confirmed as his replacement on Saturday, and Ulster are said to have been taken aback by their former fly-half's departure.

The 72-cap international started his professional career at London Irish but moved back to Ulster in 1998, and went on to captain the side to the Heineken Cup the following year.

He was made director of rugby at Ravenhill following his retirement in 2008 and, with his role focused on player recruitment, he was instrumental in signing World Cup winners Johann Muller, Ruan Pienaar and Gloucester-bound John Afoa.

But Humphreys will now leave his boyhood club to move to the Premiership, and Vaughan is confident he will succeed.

"David is iconic in the province but change is good. Opportunities like this don't come up every day," he said.

"It wasn't about me doing anything magical, it was about me explaining the vision of the club. As much as he's a passionate Ulsterman, it was a great fit and it suits him perfectly."