Andre Bester has resigned as head coach of Rotherham Titans following a disciplinary enquiry held at Clifton Lane.
The South African quit after two days of hearings into alleged breaches of discipline that stemmed from an argument with former forwards coach Ben Wade at the start of the season.
It is the second time Bester has left the South Yorkshire club under a cloud, having departed Clifton Lane in 2007.
In his four full seasons over two spells, Bester guided Rotherham into a position to challenge for promotion. In the three intervening years they faced a battle against relegation.
He leaves them in rude health, wih the Titans suffering defeat only three times in nine games in all competitions and sitting sixth in the RFU Championship table.
Rob Hannon, chief executive of Rotherham Rugby Club, said: “We have been in a process with Andre which was to be completed tomorrow.
“Andre has chosen to resign before that process could be completed.
“Rotherham Titans has acted honestly, decently and with integrity at all times in the best interests of the Club, its staff and supporters.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Andre for his efforts on our behalf and wish him all the very best in the future.”
Rotherham chairman Nick Cragg added: “Martin Jenkinson, director of rugby, has today met with the squad.
“Obviously, nobody is happy with the position we find ourselves in at this stage of the season.
“Nonetheless, the team has shown great spirit and are up for the important challenge on Saturday which sees us, not only play our local rivals Doncaster, but start our campaign in the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy.”
Bester, in a statement, said: “I would like to thank everyone that has worked on a day to day basis closely with me.
“To Garry Law, the players and the coaching staff Mike Whitehead and Lee Blackett, our unwavering belief, support and loyalty in each other is what I call TEAM! You have done yourselves and your families proud.
“The fans at Rotherham are legendary. You have carried many a team to victory. I will have fond memories of you.
“The support staff have been brilliant, but a special mention has go to Dr Chris Myers who has been a cornerstone of this team effort for more than 20 years.”