Bath have confirmed the appointment of Sir Ian McGeechan as their new performance director ahead of the coming campaign.
He was most recently working in an advisory capacity at Gloucester, assisting head coach Bryan Redpath at Kingsholm over a five-month period.
However the 63-year-old Lions legend has now been lured back into a full-time role by Bath’s multi-millionaire owner Bruce Craig.
“As part of our continued commitment to the success of Bath Rugby, we are delighted that Sir Ian will be joining us,” said Craig.
“His contribution to rugby union is unrivalled and he has been at the forefront of rugby development for many years now – really, he needs no introduction.
“Ian will become an integral part of our management set-up, enhancing an already well established and successful coaching team and working with head coach Steve Meehan to nurture and enhance the talent and performance of the whole squad.”
McGeechan has one of the most impressive coaching CVs in the game, having previously been director of rugby at Northampton, Wasps and Scotland.
At Wasps he guided the club to success in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Heineken Cup and the Guinness Premiership.
However McGeechan remains best known for his long association with the Lions, having been involved in seven tours – two as a player, one as assistant coach and four as head coach.
McGeechan, though, is now looking forward to the chance to help Bath move forward.
“Bath Rugby have a very clear vision for the future development of the club and have made a clear statement of intent with the new headquarters at Farleigh House,” he said.
“I am delighted to become part of a club that is developing the infrastructure on and off the pitch to achieve long term success and become one of the strongest clubs in the Europe.
“I am really looking forward to working with Steve Meehan, Martin Haag and Brad Davis as well as the academy and the strength & conditioning teams to assist wherever I can to ensure that this squad and club continues to grow from strength to strength.”