Pressured coaches in Bath have 30 days to dodge the ax after an eight-game winless streak

Bath’s players are told they have 30 DAYS to prove their worth – with rugby director Stuart Hooper and head coach Neal Hatley fighting for their jobs after an eight-game winless streak

  • Former Saracen CEO Ed Griffiths conducted a personnel survey
  • His findings were presented to Bath players and management on Monday
  • Owner Bruce Craig is not expected to wield the ax if Bath loses on Friday


Bath will be on red alert for the coming month with changes to their coaching lineup expected after Christmas if results don’t improve soon.

Still winless this season, after one cup and seven Premiership defeats, they brought in former Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths last month to overhaul their staff.

It is clear that his findings were presented to the players on Monday and word around the coaches Rec is that their squad has 30 days to prove their worth.

Rugby pool director Stuart Hooper has been warned results need to improve soon

Owner Bruce Craig isn’t expected to pick up the ax if Bath loses to Exeter on Friday, but rugby director Stuart Hooper and head coach Neal Hatley – who left Eddie Jones’ England after the World Cup – will be vulnerable if there isn’t a quick rebound in form.

Bath has no outspoken defense coach and ex-Harlequins and England coach Paul Gustard could step into that role to help Hatley if he decides to leave Benetton in Italy.

Bath faces a savage list of competitions. After hosting the Chiefs, they travel to fifth-seeded Northampton in the league, then move on to Leinster and host La Rochelle in the European Champions Cup, before closing the year with a home derby against Gloucester.

Sportsmail understands Bath players like Hooper but is aware that this kind of form may not last long.

Bath is still scoreless after seven Premiership defeats and cups by Gloucester

Bath is still scoreless after seven Premiership defeats and cups by Gloucester

Anthony Watson was punished for tweeting criticism of the referee in Bath's Wasps defeat

Anthony Watson was punished for tweeting criticism of the referee in Bath’s Wasps defeat

There were more problems in Bath on Tuesday when injured England winger Anthony Watson was given a week-long suspension for tweeting criticism of referees.

In Bath’s 27-17 defeat to Wasps in October, flanker Mike Williams was sent off for a high tackle. Watson tweeted three smiling emojis and said, “Here we go again. Where should he pack?! Absurd decision.’

Watson deleted the post on Nov. 9 as his disciplinary process began. He accepted an allegation of conduct detrimental to the interests of the game and is now required to give a presentation on the use of social media to the Bath squad.

Meanwhile, Exeter Chiefs will overhaul their Native American-style branding at their 700-member AGM on Wednesday night — which will inform a council vote — after coming under pressure to ditch the logo. The National Congress of American Indians called it “offensive and harmful.”

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