New year changes at Haslams Lane as McCartin steps down
PAUL McCartin is stepping down as head coach of Derby RFC by mutual consent.
McCartin, who led the club's first team to the Midlands One East title earlier this year, had intended to move aside at the end of this season.
However, his departure from the role has now been brought forward to the start of January.
Head coach duties will be handed over to Roxy Fearon, who will be assisted by Scott Johnson.
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Both are currently coaches within the club's Colts section at Haslams Lane.
Fearon is the Colts' head coach and godfather of Derby-born England international Jonathan Joseph.
He has played senior rugby for Derby and Burton.
Johnson, a former Derby Colts captain, also works for the RFU as a community coach.
Derby RFC said in a statement: "Paul McCartin had always made it clear that this would be his final season coaching and recently a change in his work and home situation has meant that he has been finding it difficult to devote as much time to the role as it requires.
"Richard Lucas and Colin Cornfield, the co-rugby chairmen, had intended Roxy Fearon and Scott Johnson to take over next season.
"This was in recognition of the excellent work they have done in the Colts section in the last few seasons and also both have aspirations to coach senior rugby.
"It was therefore decided, by mutual agreement, that it made sense for the club to bring forward that change to the New Year.
"The club would like to thank Paul for his contribution to the club's success in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and his efforts in the current season."
McCartin, a former Derby player, was part of the coaching team under former head coaches Alan Dickens and Ian Gittens before taking charge in the summer of 2010.
Derby have struggled since winning promotion after losing a number of key players from that successful side.
They are currently rooted to the bottom of the National League Three Midlands table, losing all 14 of their fixtures so far and being knocked out of the NLD Cup by local rivals Ilkeston.
They return to action after the festive break on Saturday, January 5, with a visit to Syston.