DANNY WILSON has lost his job as Glasgow Warriors head coach, just two days after his team suffered a humiliating 76-14 thrashing by Leinster in Dublin. He has been stood down with immediate effect.
“Scottish Rugby would like to thank Danny for his contribution over the past four years,” said a statement issued by Scottish Rugby. “The Glasgow Warriors squad will break for the close season at the end of this week and the club will now begin a recruitment process for a new head coach.”
Wilson took up the Warriors role in the summer of 2020 and led the United Rugby Championship side for two seasons. He first came to Scotland as the national team’s Forwards Coach in 2018 and was part of Gregor Townsend’s coaching group at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
“I’d like to thank Danny for his contribution to rugby in Scotland over the past four years,” said Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson. “He faced a challenging period taking on the Glasgow role mid-pandemic and while there have been several high points ultimately recent results have not been consistent enough and given the importance of our two professional teams, we needed to address that in a timely manner.
“I have a lot of respect for Danny and the professional way he conducts himself and wish him well in the future.”
Director of High-Performance Rugby Jim Mallinder added: “Danny has worked with and developed a significant number of players in the Scotland set-up over the past four years and I’d like to thank him for all his hard work and commitment across Scotland and Glasgow Warriors.
“There is no doubt the team faced a difficult run in to the end of the URC competition but as we move into a world cup season it is vital we put ourselves in the best possible position to compete consistently on the professional and international stage.
“I want to wish Danny all the very best in his next role in rugby.”
Glasgow Warriors Managing Director Al Kellock said: “The recent run of results have not been acceptable and had a significant impact on everyone connected to the club. We are a proud organisation and want to be competitive week in, week out and we felt therefore a change of head coach was the right step to take.
“It is never pleasant to have to make changes to our team, but we needed to act. I’ve enjoyed working closely with Danny and know he has given a huge amount to Glasgow over the past two seasons and for that I’d like to thank him and wish him well.
Wilson said: “I am proud that we finished the season in the top eight and qualified for a quarter-final and like everyone I am extremely disappointed with the result at the weekend.
“I’d like to thank the players and staff at Glasgow Warriors for all their hard work and commitment over the two seasons I was with the club.”