Thursday 27 October 2016

Eddie O'Sullivan on way out of Biarritz job after disastrous start to new season

Tom Rooney

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

Eddie O'Sullivan
Eddie O'Sullivan

Former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan is understood to have parted company with Biarritz Olympique after a disappointing start to their Pro D2 campaign.

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Biarritz have lost their opening three games of the season, which has been deemed unacceptable by recently-appointed president Nicolas Brusque, given his expressed wish to see the club back in the Top 14 in 2017.

According to reports in France, O'Sullivan did not travel with the squad ahead of tonight's game with Pays d'Aix. The Cork native, who led Ireland to three Triple Crowns, was appointed as the Basque club's head coach on a two-year deal in May of last year, after they were relegated from the Top 14.

Then president Serge Blanco gave the 56-year-old a brief of returning the club to the elite of French rugby.

At Blanco's insistence, O'Sullivan was given an all-French, but inexperienced, coaching ticket in the shape of Pierre Chadebech and Biarritz legend Benoit August.

However, despite a considerable recruitment drive, O'Sullivan could only guide them to seventh in his first season, two places from a play-off spot.

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