However, he has hit the ground running and his first key decision has been to keep the former England international at Kingsholm, at the club where he has played for the past seven seasons.
Davies has a track record of encouraging internal progression from the playing squad into coaching roles - Simon Easterby and Mark Jones are examples at the Scarlets - and he is continuing that trend at Gloucester.
"Mike has a lot of valuable experience and great loyalty to Gloucester Rugby and its supporters and understands what it means to be a part of this club.
"It's important to have people involved that underpin your culture and values as a playing group.
"That investment can stretch beyond rugby performance - it's about harnessing the strength, commitment and drive from people that have an inherent loyalty and ambition for the team and business to succeed in the long-term."
And Davies is in no doubt that Tindall will have a key role to play as he adds a new chapter to an already stellar rugby career.
"He will be operating as player and backs coach for me in the coming year. I think he has a very strong tradition and heritage with the club and a very good rugby brain.
"I think it's very important to have a certain amount of continuity at any club with your senior players and I see Mike providing that continuity."