Worcester's director of rugby John Brain has revealed that he offered to resign following last Friday's Harlequins horror show in which his team extended their winless Premiership run to eight games.
That result and the difficult position it left the Sixways side in forced owner Cecil Duckworth to hold a crisis meeting with a club director and the Warriors coaches and ended in Anthony Eddy being dismissed as head coach.
But Brain said yesterday that he had tried to step down from the post he has occupied for four seasons only to have his resignation refused by Duckworth. Brain said: "I offered to resign. It's quite simple I am the director of rugby. But my resignation was not accepted and from there the matter was out of my control.
"It has been quite a traumatic week but it was inevitable after what happened so far. The chairman felt it necessary to take some action.
"This has not been driven by the media or supporters, this has been driven by results — this is a results game and we all understand the nature of the business we are in. I can fully understand the chairman's position."
He also expressed his sympathies for Eddy who was fired only two months after being handed an extended contract and who Brain identified as his first choice to replace Andy Keast when the position became vacant 18 months ago.
"I am personally sad for Anthony," Brain said. "He is a fine man who works extremely hard and has introduced a lot of systems into this club which will benefit it for many seasons. It's a loss, there is no doubt about that."
As a result of the restructure Brain will continue as director of rugby and forwards coach and will effectively be the club's head coach but he will be helped by the arrival of Phil Larder as a defensive specialist.
The former England man, who has been engaged for seven weeks in the first instance, watched the defeat at 'Quins and delivered his first session on Wednesday.
Billy McGinty, another man with a rugby league background, has swapped his role from skills to backs coach and Brain is not too bothered about bringing in a big name to work with the threequarters.
Brain said: "We will see how we get on. We are not in a rush to appoint anyone. We will see how the players respond to this structure where Phil has got some input. The players have trained extremely well this week. They have got on with their jobs and been very enthusiastic and positive in everything they have done."
One man who hasn't been able to participate is prop Lee Fortey who dislocated his shoulder at the Twickenham Stoop. Although it was relocated at the time Fortey faces surgery and will not play for between six and eight weeks.
Richard Blaze's stress fracture in his ankle will also keep him out for at least a month and centre Simon Whatling is about three weeks away from a return.
Lee Best will be fit for Sunday's match at Saracens, after coming off against Harlequins, and Chris Horsman is expected to recover from turf toe to start at tighthead.
Warriors will be boosted by the return of Tony Windo following a shoulder operation. The 37-year-old will start his first game of the season from the bench at Vicarage Road.