Davies steps down at Leeds

Last updated at 08:56 28 October 2005

Leeds director of rugby Phil Davies is to move sideways in a management reshuffle at Headingley which will see a new head coach brought in to take charge of first team affairs.

Leeds are yet to win a game this season and they sit rooted to the bottom of the Guinness Premiership despite the arrive of high-profile summer signings Justin Marshall and Gordon Bulloch.

Davies admitted he can no longer combine the roles of director of rugby, head coach and forwards coach and realised a change needed to be made.

Until a full-time head coach is appointed, Davies will run the team in conjunction with senior trio Marshall, Bulloch and England international Iain Balshaw.

"I have been with Leeds for 10 years and I have also had a long term vision for the club which has always featured a new head coach position," Davies said.

"This is has been an ongoing process that we have looked at over the past three years. I have found it increasing difficult to combine the roles of director of rugby, head coach and forwards coach and the start to the season has brought this into sharp focus. I have recognised that something needed to change.

"In the short term, I will work alongside a group of senior players from within the squad whilst we look to appoint a suitable candidate of the right quality for this position.

"This is a senior coaching position and the new head coach will have complete responsibility for the first team playing matters.

"Whether I have any involvement in the first team playing matters remains to be seen."

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