7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Dean Richards said "I am disappointed to be leaving Leicester Tigers after 23 years at a wonderful club. However, I would like to wish the players and coaches the very best for the future and thank the fans for the tremendous support they have given me both as a player and as a coach."
Peter Tom, chairman of Leicester Football Club plc, said:
"I would like to place on record the gratitude of the board of directors and supporters for Dean's contribution to Leicester Tigers, both as a player and as director of rugby.
"He has guided the team to seven trophies in the past six years, including four consecutive Premiership titles and back-to-back Heineken Cup wins.
"Unfortunately there has been a steady decline in the team's performance over the past two seasons. The board felt that this decline could only be checked by significant changes within the playing structure. Dean did not find these changes acceptable."
Peter Tom added "For the remainder of the season, team affairs will initially be handled by chief executive Peter Wheeler, assisted by John Wells, Neil Back, and Martin Johnson. We will be advertising worldwide for a replacement, but do not intend to rush into any appointment."