Mike Ford shortlisted for prestigious coaching award

12 May 2015

Bath Rugby Head Coach Mike Ford has been shortlisted for the Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season award, Premiership Rugby confirmed today.

Ford is joined by the 2010-11 winner, Northampton Saints' Jim Mallinder, Rob Baxter (Exeter Chiefs) and Dai Young (Wasps) on the four-man shortlist. Baxter is also a previous winner in 2011-12.

"We have some of the best coaches in the world within Aviva Premiership Rugby ensuring the judging panel had a tough job once again," said Phil Winstanley the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby.

"All four have had very different challenges to face this season - both at home and in Europe - but have emerged from a compelling campaign with a huge amount of credit both inside and outside their clubs."

The shortlist is:

* Mike Ford - Bath Rugby
* Rob Baxter - Exeter Chiefs
* Jim Mallinder - Northampton Saints
* Dai Young - Wasps

The shortlist was compiled by a panel of media professionals: Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Stephen Jones (Sunday Times), Owen Slot (The Times), Ben Coles (Planet Rugby), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Mick Cleary (Daily Telegraph), Jill Douglas (Freelance), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Chris Jones (BBC Radio) and David Rogers (Getty Images). They were joined by Paul Morgan (Premiership Rugby's Communication Director) who chaired the panel.

Previous Winners:

* 2013-14 - Mark McCall (Saracens)
* 2012-13 - Mark McCall (Saracens)
* 2011-12 - Rob Baxter (Exeter Chiefs)
* 2010-11 - Jim Mallinder (Northampton Saints)
* 2009-10 - Andy Key (Leeds Carnegie)
* 2008-09 - Richard Cockerill (Leicester Tigers)
* 2007-08 - Dean Ryan (Gloucester Rugby)
* 2006-07 - Pat Howard (Leicester Tigers)
* 2005-06 - Philippe Saint-Andre (Sale Sharks)
* 2004-05 - John Wells (Leicester Tigers)
* 2003-04 - John Connolly (Bath Rugby)
* 2002-03 - Warren Gatland (London Wasps)
* 2001-02 - Conor O'Shea and Brendan Venter (London Irish)
* 2000-01 - Dean Richards (Leicester Tigers)
* 1999-2000 - Andy Robinson (Bath Rugby)

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