DIRECTOR of rugby Gary Gold says he is happy to play a part in Worcester Warriors' search for his successor.

However, he insists he does not want to take his “eye off the ball” as he aims to steer Warriors clear of relegation trouble.

The Aviva Premiership strugglers are looking for Gold’s successor after he agreed to become head coach of USA.

Gold admitted he had been asked to help with the club’s efforts to find a new man to take over the reins and said he was keen to create a “smooth transition” at Sixways.

“They have asked me if I would (help them),” Gold said.

“I am certainly not going to appoint the person.

“But I will definitely be part of that process if they continue to want me as the chairman said he did.

“I have got a view and an opinion of what I think will work and what I think won’t work here at the club, so I am available to help.”

The ex-South Africa assistant coach joined Warriors in January before securing a one-year deal in April after guiding them to safety.

But the 50-year-old had to travel back to his home country to see his family and admitted the USA job provided him with a better work-life balance.

“Warriors need a director of rugby who is on the ground, is here 24 hours a day and is dedicated to the club,” Gold continued.

“I hope I have shown dedication, but (they need) a guy who lives in the UK and can give his all to what is a great club.”

Asked whether he would be willing to leave if Warriors appointed a new chief, Gold replied: “If it is the best for the club of course I would.”

Warriors sit bottom of the table with one point on the board after losing their opening five league games.

Gold conceded the news of his departure was “unfortunate” timing, but he was adamant he would give his all for the club.

“I would never want anyone to think that I wanted to get up and leave because that’s not the case,” Gold said.

“The USA understood my position and thankfully they have been very accommodating and for now my focus is Worcester Warriors and writing the wrongs of what has happened over the last few weeks.

“I don’t want to take my eye off the ball and change any of the arrangements that were in place before the USA came along.”