Mike Ford, having lost his son George to England duty, faces an anxious wait to find out if Bath owner Bruce Craig will keep faith with him after the club’s latest humiliating home defeat to Gloucester on Friday.

Last season’s Aviva Premiership finalists have endured a nightmare start to the season, losing seven of their opening 10 games. They currently lie ninth, despite huge investment from their multi-millionaire owner in recent years while possessing the biggest playing budget in the league.


Ford admitted after Friday’s 15-11 loss at the Recreation Ground that confidence at the club is ‘fragile’, but the former England coach has no intention of quitting ahead of expected showdown talks with Craig at the club’s Farleigh House training facility this week.

‘Confidence is fragile,’ Ford said.

‘I’ve told the players, “I trust you. I believe 100 per cent in you”. We’ve just got to get back to Farleigh and work harder. We’ll just keep believing.’

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