Former England Rugby coach Andy Robinson has been suspended from his role of Director of Rugby at Bristol following seven straight defeats in the Aviva Premiership.

Bristol have replaced Robinson with their all-time leading points scorer Mark Tainton with immediate effect.

Bristol were recently promoted from the Championship last season after dominating the league year in year out but since being a Premiership club they have gone seven games without a single win this season already.

Andy Robinson has been suspended while Bristol carry out an immediate review of their coaching requirements.

The 52-year-old finally sealed promotion from the Championship with Bristol after the third time of asking in as many seasons after narrowly missing out on promotion twice in the play-off stages. This asks questions, if you can't get a team like Bristol promoted from a league of that standard. Should he have been left to lead the club in to the Premiership? Certainly not. It's common knowledge that the former English international coach struggled to secure the all important promotion for Bristol time and time again, so as soon as he lead Bristol to the Premiership, he should have been replaced.

Leading a team in to the Aviva Premiership is certainly not an easy job with all the top quality squads already in their but there is no excuse for losing the first seven matches of the campaign.

Arguably they should have won the fixture against the Harlequins a month ago after narrowly losing 21-19 but the loss was all down to premiership experience.Other than that game, Andy Robinson's Bristol were dominated in every single area in every single game.

Mark Tainton's first game in charge will be in the LV cup away against Worcester Warriors so it will be exciting to see what the temporary head coach will change ahead of his first game in charge.

Bristol are currently on rock bottom of the Premiership table with only two points from their last 7 games, we can expect a lot of changes to the set up at Bristol in the next coming weeks.