Nigel Melville has parted company from Gloucester Rugby Club with immediate effect after just over three seasons in the role as director of rugby.
Gloucester chairman Tom Walkinshaw said: "On behalf of everyone at the Club and the supporters I would like to thank Nigel for his work at Gloucester Rugby Club, and wish him all the best for the future.
"He was part of this club on one of our most memorable days, when we won the Powergen Cup at Twickenham, and I know that moment will be an ever-lasting memory for everyone."
Melville took over from Philippe Saint Andre at the Kingsholm club in the Spring of 2002, and saw his Gloucester side defeat Bristol Shoguns in that season's Zurich Championship final.
The West Country club recruited Dean Ryan as coach to join Melville in the summer of 2002, and Gloucester went on to finish top of the table during the regular Zurich Premiership season at the end of 2003 and win the Powergen Cup, before losing the Zurich Premiership final to Wasps at Twickenham.
Gloucester have finished fourth and sixth respectively in the last two seasons, and last weekend missed out on next season's Heineken Cup after losing to Saracens in the Zurich Wild Card final.
Nigel Melville said: "I'd like to thank everyone from the players, to the staff at the club and the supporters for their time and support over the last few seasons. Gloucester is a special club and there's been some great times since I arrived. I wish everyone all the best."
The Gloucester players are currently on their summer break, with pre-season activities due to start at the end of June. Team affairs will be managed by coach Dean Ryan in an interim capacity.
Gloucester's board of directors will not be making any further comment at the current time, and will take the next few weeks to consider the playing structure at the Club.
Everyone at Gloucester Rugby Club would like to wish Nigel Melville all the best for the future.
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.