Bernard Jackman: Dragons and head coach part company

Bernard Jackman and David Buttress
David Buttress (R) became Dragons chairman three months after Bernard Jackman was appointed their head coach

Dragons have parted company with head coach Bernard Jackman.

The former Ireland hooker succeeded Kingsley Jones after the Welsh Rugby Union took over the Newport-based team in June, 2017.

Dragons won two Pro14 games in Jackman's first season in charge.

Despite summer arrivals including Wales internationals Ross Moriarty, Richard Hibbard and Aaron Jarvis, their Pro14 record this campaign is three wins from 10 starts.

Dragons also failed to qualify for the knock-out rounds of the 2017-18 European Challenge Cup and sit third in Pool One this season after one win from three games.

"I would like to thank the WRU and the board for the opportunity at the Dragons and I believe that there is a bright future for the region," Jackman said.

"I am grateful to the backroom staff and the players for all their efforts and I wish them every success on and off the field."

The identity of Jackman's successor has not been revealed as the 42-year-old leaves less than 18 months into a three-season contract.

Dragons chairman David Buttress said the process to appoint a new head coach is underway.

Forwards coach Ceri Jones will take control of team affairs on an interim basis, supported by the rest of the existing coaching team for the Challenge Cup match against Clermont Auvergne in France this Saturday.

"Bernard has demonstrated his passion and commitment, day-in, day-out on the training field and away from first-team affairs he has been an asset to the Dragons in helping promote our brand and rugby development at all ages throughout the region," said Buttress.

"Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity to create future success on the pitch.

"Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to deliver for our loyal and dedicated supporters and we believe this change will move the region forward."

Jackman arrived at Rodney Parade having been in charge at French Top 14 club Grenoble.

As a player, Jackman counted Wales head coach Warren Gatland among his coaches at Connacht.

Gatland endorsed Jackman's appointment when it was announced in June, 2017.

The recruitment process involved WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips and his then-Dragons counterpart Stuart Davies as well as Gatland.

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