Leicester head coach McKellar leaves by mutual consent

Head coach Dan McKellar has left Leicester Tigers by mutual consent after only one season in charge of the Premiership club.

The 47-year-old former ACT Brumbies boss stepped down as Australia forwards coach to take the role, joining on a "long-term deal" as the permanent replacement for Steve Borthwick following his appointment as England coach.

However, the Tigers endured a disappointing season, finishing eighth in the Premiership, 11 points off a play-off spot.

They were also beaten by Leinster in the last 16 of the Investec Champions Cup and lost the Premiership Cup final to Gloucester.

BBC Sport understands that former Australia and Argentina head coach Michael Cheika is among the contenders to replace McKellar.

In a statement,, external Leicester said McKellar's departure had been agreed "following extensive discussions regarding the club's future direction".

The club added that they had begun their search for a new head coach, with pre-season for players not on international duty set to start on 1 July.

Speaking in May, McKellar told BBC Radio Leicester that he would "adapt and learn" after admitting that he was "really disappointed" by Leicester's campaign.

"I knew coming here that it is a very different competition to Super Rugby, so we had to train and I had to make sure my approach was what was required for this group and this competition," he said.

"But we haven't got that right - we have fallen away at the back end of games when we should be storming home."

After winning eight of 11 games before the break for Six Nations, Tigers fell away once the season resumed, losing six of their last eight matches in all competitions.