Gloucester Rugby have made the announcement that Johan Ackermann has left the club, after resigning from his role as Head Coach.
Ackermann decided to leave the Cherry and Whites in favour for a role at NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, who are based in Osaka, Japan.
The South African put out a statement to the Gloucester Rugby players and supporters, “being Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby has been a tremendous privilege for me, and I have loved every minute of it. Working with such a fantastic group of players and coaches has been a great experience.
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“Gloucester Rugby fans are a truly unique group, and I will always cherish the memories I have of being at Kingsholm. I wish the club nothing but the best.”
The 49-year-old took the reigns at Kingsholm for three years, and in that time he successfully guided Gloucester to a third place finish in the Gallagher Premiership.
Good Luck Johan— Shed Head (@_ShedHead_) May 15, 2020
Good Luck Gloucester Rugby in your continued attempt to become a Professional set up one day
In his first season in charge, Ackermann lead Gloucester all the way to the final of the 2017/18 European Challenge Cup, before being narrowly beaten by Cardiff Blues, 31-30.
How do we judge Johan Ackermann’s Gloucester? At their best they were a free-wheeling joy to watch and he reacquainted them with the play-offs. But there’s still unfulfilled promise to tap for whoever’s next @btsportrugby https://t.co/IkH0wdPzs0— Nick Mullins (@andNickMullins) May 15, 2020
The most likely rumoured replacements for Ackermann, come in the form of two Welshman, with plenty experience at club and international level.
The former Wales and Wasps Head Coach Dai Young and former assistant coach of Wales, Rob Howley, are the two names with the heaviest ties to Gloucester at the moment.
Ackermann is set to join the Japanese Top League side in July.