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Edinburgh coaches Bradley and Back leave club
ESPN Staff
March 6, 2013
Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley casts an eye over training, Edinburgh training session, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2, 2011
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Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley and assistant Neil Back have left the club with immediate effect.

In their place, Scotland assistants Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge have been appointed interim coaches of the club. The news comes in the wake of the announcement earlier in February which stated that Bradley would not be offered a new contract at the end of the season.

Bradley led Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup semi-finals last year but they have struggled this term and currently find themselves in tenth place in the RaboDirect PRO12. Back only joined the club in the summer but he will also now be looking for a new club.

Scott and Hodge will remain with Scotland for the rest of the Six Nations and will then move to their domestic role on March 18. Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson said of the decision: "We feel this move is necessary to give a fresh impetus to the squad going into the remainder of the season.

"Our search for a new coaching team for Edinburgh Rugby continues, with a view to getting the club back on a winning track.

Edinburgh Rugby managing director, Craig Docherty, added: "I'd like to thank Michael and Neil for all of their input and wish them the very best in the future. It's heartening to welcome the appointment of two former Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland internationalists to our back-room on an interim basis. I believe they are the right people to inspire our squad for the remainder of the season and assess the player group going forward."

Scott was sacked by Sale after just four matches at the start of the current campaign but he is relishing the chance to get back involved with Edinburgh. Scott said: "I'm delighted to be given this opportunity for the rest of the season.

"Naturally the big thing for me at the moment is my commitment to the national team but, come a week on Saturday night in Paris, I'll be straight into Edinburgh Rugby mode and will be working with Duncan [Hodge] to get the players ready for the home match against Ulster and the rest of the season."

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