John Mulvihill departs as Cardiff Blues head coach – reports

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Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill has left his role as Cardiff Blues head coach with immediate effect, bringing his contract to an end six months early, according to WalesOnline.

The Australian took over in the summer of 2018 and has subsequently led the side to 28 wins in 60 matches, failing to make the Guinness Pro14 play-offs and qualify for the knockout stages of European competition in either of his full seasons in charge.

His 47% win percentage is only higher than Phil Davies in terms of coaches in the regional era, and defeat at home to Ospreys on New Year’s Day effectively ended hopes of qualifying for the Heineken Champions Cup for another year.

BBC Sport are reporting that the players were informed that Mulvihill was absent for personal reasons at the start of this week, and that defence coach Richard Hodges will take charge of this weekend’s clash with the Scarlets at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Cardiff Blues are yet to officially confirm the departure or what the next steps are in terms of the coaching setup at the club.

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