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Ospreys have taken drastic action following a dismal start to the 2019/20 season with the BBC reporting that they have sacked head coach Allen Clark just weeks into the campaign following a poor run of results.
The Welsh PRO14 side have won only once in seven domestic games and suffered heavy defeats to Munster and Saracens the Heineken Champions Cup in recent weekends.
The former Ulster coached joined the region as forwards coach in summer 2017, and became the interim boss in January 2018 following the departure of previous boss Steve Tandy, before being awarded the role on a full-time basis.
They were without 15 front-line players for the defeat to Saracens, including Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Gareth Anscombe, George North, Dan Lydiate, Scott Williams and Dan Evans, through injuries or being rested following the World Cup.
“Saracens capitalised on our mistakes. They went three, six, got a try from a turnover and another when we were exiting,” Clarke said after the defeat on Saturday.
“That’s what they do and they squeezed us thereafter. We came up against a really good team but we certainly made them look better.
“We have got Racing home and away next, and that’s what we need to focus on.
“You can see there’s a little bit of self-belief missing that’s required, that confidence to go and take opportunities, to come alive when we are in the opposition half.
“We have got to do it on the training field and make sure, as a group, we stick together.”
Clarke’s exit as head coach comes soon after Ospreys announced backs coach Matt Sherratt is leaving at the end of the current campaign.
Up next for the Ospreys is a visit of the Cheetahs to Liberty Stadium in the PRO14.