Former England and Ireland trainer Mike Ford is set to combine the Leicester Tigers training team as they bid to avoid relegation from the Premiership.

Ford will soon be a senior trainer at Welford Road, initially to get a deal before the close of the growing season.

The Tigers sponsor Exeter Chiefs next Saturday before a possibly crucial excursion to face Newcastle on 1-2 April.

An former rugby league international, Ford has received spells as defence trainer together with both the England and Ireland rugby union sides, as well as head trainer jobs in Saracens, Newcastle, Bath and French club Toulon.

While in charge in The Rec, he guided Bath into the 2015 Premiership final and employed an attractive kind of rugby in a team that included his son George, the England flyhalf, who is currently at Leicester.

Even the 53-year-old Englishman recently took temporary control of Germany since they missed out on qualification for the 20-19 Rugby World Cup, while he had a spell with American unwanted Dallas prior to the Griffins linking Important League Rugby.

Geordan Murphy will remain as Leicester head trainer and retain control of team affairs, however, Ford is being tasked by providing a crystal very clear gameplan for its under achieving squad.

His arrival should help alleviate the burden on Irishman Murphy, who had been in charge of technical training of this team’s attack as well as head trainer duties.

Another of Ford’s sons, flyhalf Joe, can be part of this playing group at the Tigers, so the household combination will be pivotal in determining whether Leicester avoid relegation for the very first time.

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