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Jono Gibbes is back in the market after being sacked as head coach at French club Clermont.
Kiwi Jono Gibbes has been sacked as head coach of French powerhouse Clermont.
The former All Black lost his job on Tuesday (NZT) after his team suffered a 44-29 home loss against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup.
That was their second loss in three Champions Cup games, while Clermont have won just six of 15 matches in the French Top 14 to be struggling in 10th position on the table.
Clermont’s patience ran out with Gibbes, 45, who joined them from La Rochelle in mid-2021 and had a contract until 2024.
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Clermont finished seventh in Gibbes first season in charge with a 14-12 win-loss record.
Gibbes’ recently acquired defense coach, New Zealand-born Irish international Jared Payne, has been handed the interim head coaching role for Clermont’s Champions Cup clash with the Stormers in South Africa this weekend.
A statement from the club said: “Faced with recurring difficulties in terms of the game played and the club’s ranking in the Top 14 and in the Champions Cup, the president of ASM took the decision to put an end to the functions of Jono Gibbes at the head of the team.
“This choice of change is part of a context where the ambitions still displayed by the club require taking new directions.
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“This decision is effective immediately, which means that Jono Gibbes will not be traveling to South Africa for next Saturday’s game against the Stormers. The current members of the sports staff will be responsible for managing this week of preparation.”
Gibbes had been Clermont’s forward coach from 2014-17 as he carved out a successful coaching career in Europe that included successful spells at Leinster and Ulster.
He returned to New Zealand briefly to coach Waikato in 2018, winning the Ranfurly Shield and gaining promotion to Premiership, before securing a deal with La Rochelle to take him back to the cut-throat French scene.