Gloucester coach Ackermann set for move to Japan amid squad unrest

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann set for move to Japanese club Docomo Red Hurricanes amid rumours of squad unrest at the Premiership side

  • Johan Ackermann took charge of Gloucester ahead of the 2017-18 season 
  • Last year the former lock led the West Country club to the Premiership play-offs 
  • But there are rumours of unrest with the side currently ninth in the league table
  • Ackermann is determined to accept the offer received from the Far East 

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann is expected to accept a job offer from Japan amid rumours of squad unrest.

The former South Africa lock took charge of the West Country club ahead of the 2017-18 season and guided them to the Premiership play-offs last year. 

However, Gloucester are ninth in the league with just four wins from 13 games and Sportsmail understands that players have expressed concerns about the current regime to the club hierarchy.

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann is expected to accept a job offer from Japan

The news comes amid rumours of unrest among the Gloucester squad due to their struggles

Ackermann, 49, has been linked to Osaka-based Top League team Docomo Red Hurricanes and sources have indicated that he is determined to accept their offer to relocate to the Far East.

If he is released by Gloucester, director of rugby David Humphreys is likely to assume more hands-on control of first-team affairs, short-term.

In the event of Ackermann departing — despite having agreed a new contract a year ago — the candidates to replace him could include two job-hunting Welshmen: Dai Young and Rob Howley.

If Gloucester have grand ambitions, they could try to lure Richard Cockerill or Stuart Lancaster, although the latter would take some convincing to leave Leinster. 

The former South Africa lock is determined to accept the offer from the Far East




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