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Andy Farrell stepped down as first team coach at Saracens.

Joanne Roque     on 01 Jun 5:54 pm     Rugby League     337   0  

Source: BBC Sports

Farrell, coached England alongside Stuart Lancaster during the six nations on an interim basis, rejected the chance to join the national team on a full-time basis in April deciding to stay loyal with his Aviva Premiership club.

However, he has had a sudden change of heart and decided to leave the Sarries as soon as possible, in a statement Saracens said Farrell handed in his "surprise resignation" on Thursday evening. “The job isn't anywhere near half done, and I have decided I want to help finish the job”

The 36-year-old former Rugby League player, whose son Owen Farrell is an integral part of the new-look England squad that touched down in South Africa yesterday, has reportedly told the club he will serve a six-month notice period.

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said of Farrell’s sudden change of heart "We are sorry to see Andy leave, and we wish him well in the future."

Kevin Sorrell the former Saracens centre, who is currently on the coaching staff, has been promoted to the position of backs coach.

The departure of Farrell has begun speculations that he is set to rejoin the England set-up, but it’s understood he will need to secure his release from a six-month notice period before linking up with Lancaster's squad.

The Rugby Football Union subsequently appointed Lancaster as full-time boss and sought the services of Farrell, who rejected the chance to take a permanent position with the national side, instead opting to focus on his job at Saracens.

Farrell who joined the Sarries' 2008 and helped director of rugby Mark McCall guide them to a maiden Premiership title in 2011. Said at the time "The job isn't anywhere near half done, and I have decided I want to help finish the job,"

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