Monday 5 December 2016

Structure can restore glory days for Reds, insists Foley

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

Anthony Foley (SPORTSFILE)
Anthony Foley (SPORTSFILE)

Anthony Foley believes that the appointment of a director of rugby will allow Munster get back to the top of the European game by competing in the transfer market in future.

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The head coach yesterday signed a one-year extension to remain at his home province until the end of next season, but he will be working under a new man when the campaign gets under-way. A Munster statement outlined that the director of rugby will have responsibility for the "professional rugby programme" and the "elite player development pathway" at the province.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder is the early favourite for the newly created role but the province face competition from Harlequins for the former All Black who will leave his long-term role with the Super Rugby franchise at the end of this season. Eddie O'Sullivan and Stuart Lancaster are also being linked with the position.

"We're looking to compete at the highest levels in Europe," Foley told Newstalk. "We need to get coaches focused on coaching. The transfer market is ridiculous at the moment, it's hard for anyone to compete given the money that's out there in France and England. We need to identify talent quickly, while also bringing through your own and nurture your talent coming through.

"It's an exciting time at Munster, we'll have one centre (in Limerick) next year and we've retained our best players, while we'll have a different structure."

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