SEAN HOLLEY has confirmed his withdrawal from the race to succeed Eric Elwood, clearing the way for Pat Lam to take over the Connacht job. An appointment is due in the next 10 days with the former New Zealand and Samoa international expected to be named as coach.
Lam was part of a shortlist of six coaches who were interviewed for the job and Holley has revealed that he had been offered the role last week, but opted not to accept it.
Clermont-Auvergne backs coach Alex King joined the Northampton coaching ticket last week, leaving Lam (left), Tony Hanks, Dan McFarland and Billy Millard remaining, and the Kiwi looks set to be offered the job.
"No head coach position should be taken for granted and I am flattered and honoured to have received the Connacht offer," Holley said. "However, my decision is based purely on the timing and my current personal circumstances."