Craig frustrated by Bath failings
April 5, 2012
Bruce Craig has apologised for Bath's indifferent season © Getty Images
Bath owner Bruce Craig has apologised for their disappointing season, promising summer signings as well as a new coaching team.
The club announced on Wednesday that director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan would leave at the end of the current campaign, with spirits at a low following last weekend's humbling home loss to Northampton.
A number of names, including interim Newcastle boss Gary Gold and London Irish assistant coach Mike Catt, have been linked with the top job at the Rec, with an announcement due in the near future.
Craig took over at Bath in April 2010, but they have failed to kick on despite new investment and could miss out on a spot in next season's Heineken Cup unless results improve quickly.
In an open letter to the club's fans, Craig promised that "hard lessons have been learned" from a difficult season.
"I am the first to admit that this season has been disappointing and frustrating, we have been inconsistent and have underperformed," he said. "A considerable amount of time and money has been invested in the club this year, without the returns expected by everyone.
"It hurts to be in this position and all of us involved with the club understand that the overall performance has not been acceptable, the coaches said it at the weekend. We know we could and should have done much better.
"What I can say is that some hard lessons have been learned but our objectives and vision have not changed. I still believe the squad is as competitive as any in the Premiership and with a few new signings arriving over the summer and the fact the players will have been together for much longer, there is real reason to look forward positively.
"There will be some changes in the coaching set up, with a new head coach and coaching structure to be announced in the coming weeks. Focus will be placed on strengthening some of areas of our game that have been weak this season and our aim will be to concentrate on producing hard, attacking rugby with a style of play that our supporters associate with Bath."
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