Derek Eves, Coventrys former director of rugby,
has played his last game for the club. He is expected to rejoin his old club Bristol in
the next 48 hours.
Scottish international prop forward Alan Sharp, who was signed from Bristol by Eves, is
expected to go with him.
Coventry rugby club said that the moves had been agreed with Bristol and it is now up
to the players to make their decisions and agree personal terms.
The players said today that they were still thinking over the move.
Both of them were at Coundon Road yesterday to watch Coventry record a last ditch
victory over Bristol to prevent the west country club taking over at the top of Premier
A stoppage time try and conversion by Steve Gough clinched it for Coventry amid
jubilant scenes. Eves and Sharp must have had mixed feelings.
Eves in particular has played a major role in lifting Coventry up the league. His
enthusiastic style on and off the pitch has propelled the club forward at a tremendous
They languished in the Third Division when he took charge but he led them to the
championship in his first season in charge and then to the Premier Two play-offs. They
missed out on promotion to the top flight by losing to London Irish.
The club had its off-field problems however and the receivers were called in during the
summer. It now operates as a limited company under the chairmanship of former Coventry and
England player Keith Fairbrother.
It was he who announced recently that Eves had been relieved of his duties as director
of coaching but would remain as a player under the terms of his contract, reportedly
£120,000 a year. That contract runs out at the end of the season.
The new director of rugby is Keith Richardson, the former England A coach, who said
after Saturdays win: