PARIS (AP) Toulon manager Mike Ford will leave the top 14 club at the end of the season, making way for Fabien Galthie.
Toulon said in a statement on Monday that the former Bath coach and the French club decided not to activate the option for an additional season in his contract.
Galthie, a former France scumhalf who also coached Stade Francais and Montpellier, signed a two-year deal. Appointed as director of rugby, he will be assisted by Fabrice Landreau and Marc Dal Maso, Toulon said in a separate statement.
After being recruited as an assistant coach, Ford was appointed manager in October last year in place of Diego Dom�nguez following the club’s poor start to the season.
Toulon, which lies fourth in the Top 14, won the European Cup three times from 2013-15.
Toulon said in a statement that Ford ”wishes to commit himself to another project from next summer but will fulfill his mission until the end of the season with the uttermost professionalism and seriousness.”