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.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
The day has dawned and Madness will play Live at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. It's going to be an incredible night with a huge crowd but, if you haven't yet purchased, tickets are still available on the day.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.