GLOUCESTER have confirmed defence coach Paul Moriarity has followed Nigel Davies out of the Kingsholm exit door.
The former Wales dual code international was appointed by Davies in 2012 but has come under pressure during a dismal defensive season.
Gloucester have the third worst defensive record in the Premiership, shipping 60 tries as they finished ninth in the table.
Moriarty was due to come out of contract this summer and it is understood he would not have been offered fresh terms regardless of Davies’ future.
There will now be a major overhaul of the Cherry and White coaching team, with any new director of rugby almost certain to want to bring in his own back room team and CEO Stephen Vaughan has confirmed Moriarty as the first departure.
"Firstly I would like to thank Paul for all his efforts over the past two seasons. He's worked incredibly hard at the role, no-one can fault his application and dedication.
"However, defence is one of the most important facets of the modern game and we plan to introduce a new approach and philosophy in that area.
"Accordingly, we feel that with a new Director of Rugby being sought, it's only right and proper that we allow that individual to have a say in the recruitment of new Coaches.
"Paul is now out of contract and we have informed him that his contract will not be renewed. He's naturally disappointed but understands the rationale. We would like to wish him well for the future.”