It’s new King Cole at Brods

Old Brodleians RUFC have parted company with head coach Ian Armitage and assistant Clive Harris with John Cole taking on the role

Armitage, 46, had overseen two promotions and a relegation in his five years at the helm and said he understood Colts coach John Cole had approached the chairman and that he had gone with the idea.

“Clive and I would have liked another season as we wanted the opportunity to put a few things right from the disappointing end to last season,” said Armitage. “We had identified our weaknesses and I put my suggestions to the club. We had been working hard, planning and talking to players for the forthcoming season.

“However John threw his cap into the ring and that has led to my retirement.

“It is now time for me to take stock and maybe take a year out although I will still be watching my son Joseph play at the Brods. I have not had any talks with any other clubs and I may well offer my help to the junior set up.

“Although things are quite raw at the moment the club will always have 100 per cent support from me. John Cole is an outstanding coach who is higher qualified than I and he will bring a lot to the table and I wish him well.”