Newcastle has appointed a new director of rugby and they have turned to Gary Gold of South Africa as Alan Tait was relieved of his directorial responsibilities.

Also Mike Ford, the former defence coach of England has also joined the rugby club’s backroom staff as the team faces relegation.

Former coach Alan Tait has admitted the fact that his team’s loss to Exeter did make him think about his future at the club. The painful loss to Exeter had ensured that Newcastle face the threat of relegation in the Aviva Premiership. He has now decided to just go away from rugby for a while and take a well deserved break.

Paul Morairty, the forward’s coach will now be taking charge of the Amlin Challenge Cup against Petrarca Padova. Gary Gold and the new defence coach Mike Ford were welcomed warmly into the team and the management by the club owner Semore Kurdi. He also said that with a change in guard, the club is now looking forward to revive their claim on the Aviva Premiership as strong contenders.

Gary Gold will be taking the reins of Newcastle after having been working as Peter de Villiers’ assistant in the South Africa set up for the past four years. Gary cut his teeth managing the London Irish and then decided to join the Exile’s backroom staff in the year 2001 before he was nominated as the head coach.

He then returned to South Africa and went on to work with Western Province and with the Stormers. He now makes a return to the Aviva Premiership and confesses that he is eager and excited with the job that lies ahead of him. He confesses to know a lot about the players of Newcastle and the culture present in this club and hence reckons that he should not have any problems settling in. Mike Ford has also worked extensively in Ireland and hence will bring his experience to Newcastle.