Carlow’s Bernard Jackman and Dragons part ways after 18 months

The Welsh club are on the lookout for a new head coach.

Midway through his three year deal with Dragons, Carlow native Bernard Jackman is on the look for a new club.

The Welsh outfit released a statement on Tuesday to reveal the process to appoint a new head coach is underway, Jackaman having left his position with immediate effect.

“I would like to place on record our gratitude to Bernard Jackman for his dedication and hard work in his role as Head Coach”, said Dragons Chairman, David Buttress in a statement posted to the Dragons’ website.

“Bernard has demonstrated his passion and commitment, day-in, day-out on the training field and away from first team affairs he has been an asset to the Dragons in helping promote our brand and rugby development at all ages throughout the region.”

“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity to create future success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to deliver for our loyal and dedicated supporters and we believe this change will move the region forward.

“The search for a new Head Coach is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”

Under Jackman, the Dragons took just two PRO14 wins in his first campaign. While matters this season have improved, it has not been enough on and off the field to keep Jackman in the post.

In the same statement, Jackman paid tribute to Welsh association, his staff and players.

“I would like to thank the WRU and the board for the opportunity at the Dragons and I believe that there is a bright future for the region. I am grateful to the back room staff and the players for all their efforts and I wish them every success on and off the field.”

Ken McGuire

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