THE search has begun for a new attack coach at Glasgow Warriors after it was announced that Jonny Bell is to leave the club at the end of the current season to take up a role overusing defence with English Premiership side Worcester Warriors.
The 47-year-old Irishman is moving on after just a year at Scotstoun, with the opportunity to return to Cheltenham, where he and his family were based during the five years he spent as a defence coach at Gloucester, the key driver in his decision.
It was a similar scenario in February when contact and breakdown coach Kelly Brown left the club to return to Saracens just five months after his appointment.
“It is with sadness that I have had to make this decision,” said Bell. “After what has been an incredibly challenging year, it has underlined the fact that my family’s happiness is more important than anything.
“My family have struggled to settle in a new city under the very difficult circumstances that COVID has created, and I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to take them back to a place they have regarded as home for the past six years.
“This move also affords me the opportunity to work once again with Alan Solomons and be part of his exciting plans for Worcester Warriors.
“I am hugely grateful to Danny Wilson, Al Kellock [managing director] and all the players and staff at Glasgow Warriors for their friendship and support during the year and I thank them for supporting this difficult decision.”
“I will continue to give my total commitment to the club for the remainder of the season and they have my very best wishes for the future.”
Head coach Wilson said: “Thank you to Jonny for his excellent and hard work this season, particularly having moved his family to a new city in very difficult circumstances.
“As a club we recognise family comes first, and though it is a shame to lose Jonny we are completely supportive of this move.”