Rob Penney and Simon Mannix to leave Munster at the end of the season
Published 06/02/2014 | 13:02
Munster have today confirmed that head coach Rob Penney and backs Coach Simon Mannix will leave the province at the end of the current season.
Penney joined the Munster set-up at the start of the 2012/13 season and in his first year guided the squad to semi-final stage of the Heineken Cup and a sixth place finish in the RaboDirect PRO12 league.
Penney, who initially negotiated a two year contract with the option for a third year, has opted to decline the extension offer.
The terms and conditions of this extension had been agreed by the Munster Professional Games Committee and the IRFU but the New Zealander has since attracted the interest of another club and there are terms on offer that are in line with Rob's long-term needs.
"I am disappointed to be leaving Munster as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here,” Penney told the club’s website.
“I have to take this opportunity presented to me and prioritise my family and personal circumstances at this time.”
“We still have a few months to go and the goals remain the same - I want to achieve success with this great group of lads!"
This season Munster have recorded 15 wins out of 18 games and are currently top of the RaboDirect PRO12 league and through to quarter final stage of the Heineken Cup for the fifteenth time in the competition's history.
Fellow New Zealander Mannix, who joined Munster at the same time as Penney, will also leave at the end of this season.
"Rob has been a very positive influence on this Munster squad and management and we are disappointed to see him go as we had hoped that he would fulfil his third season.,” Munster Rugby Chief Executive Garrett Fitzgerald said today.
“In developing the squad he has highlighted the strength and depth of the Munster panel, with the competition for places as high as ever.”
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Simon for his work and commitment to the province, and we wish him all the best for the future. He has contributed to Munster's overall campaign and added great value to our coaching team.”