Bernard Jackman has left his role as head coach of Top 14 side Grenoble.

The former Ireland and Connacht hooker departs the French club, who competed in this season’s European Challenge Cup, with them second bottom of their domestic league.

The decision to part company with Jackman came earlier this week and followed a meeting held between the coach and the Grenoble board on Monday.

Jackman joined up with the French side in 2011 and initially worked as a consultant before taking on a coaching role at the club last year.

Grenoble have struggled this season, with both parties agreeing it was time for a change.

Under Jackman, Grenoble finished rock bottom of Pool 2 in the European Challenge Cup, with just one win to show for their efforts.

Grenoble currently lie 13th in the Top 14, 14 points behind Lyon and the guaranteed safety of 12th spot.

Jackman was issued with a vote of confidence from Grenoble president Eric Pilaud earlier this month, but things have changed since then with the club in relegation danger.

The proposed amalgamation of Racing 92 and Stade Francais means just one side could be relegated from the Top 14 at the end of this season.

But with just six games of the league season to go, Grenoble have decided to act.

In Jackman’s absence, Mike Prendergast and Aaron Dundon have taken temporary charge.