Pat Lam is to become Bristol’s head coach in June and he has reinforced his commitment to the team “irrespective as to what happens in the short term”.

Bristol has lost all 10 Premiership matches this season and are now facing an uphill battle to keep their place in the top flight. However, Lam has insisted that the idea of joining a team that may be playing in the Championship next season doesn’t bother him.

Speaking this week he said, “I’m committed to Bristol irrespective as to what happens in the short-term – everything is in place for the club to be a force in the future and I’m honoured to be invited to join the journey.”

He said that what appeals to him most is the “passion, vision and long-term commitment” that he saw after speaking to owner Steve Lansdown and chairman Chris Booy.

Booy has expressed his delight at Lam’s appointment and said that he hopes he will remain there for the long-term.

“Pat was the outstanding candidate in our search for a new head coach and impressed the board with his coaching ability, experience and enthusiasm for the task ahead” said Booy.

Mark Tainton will keep his job of acting head coach for the rest of the season and Booy has refused to give up Bristol’s fight to stay in the Premiership. He said that the existing coach set-up will remain the same as they “have done an excellent job so far in instilling some real fight and positivity into the players and we are confident that Mark has the ability to keep Bristol in the top flight.”

In the past Lam succeeded in transforming a Connacht team into PRO12 champions and will be looking to pull off a similar feat with Bristol.