Monday 11 December 2017

Anthony Foley accepts one-year deal to remain as Munster coach under a Director of Rugby

Anthony Foley is targetting a strong finish to the season. Photo: Sportsfile
Anthony Foley is targetting a strong finish to the season. Photo: Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Anthony Foley will remain at Munster next season as the head coach after agreeing a one-year contract extension with the province.

Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald also confirmed that the province are still looking for a Director of Rugby who will assume 'responsibility for the professional rugby programme and elite player development pathway in the province.' It will be a bit of an adjustment for Foley given that when he became the Munster coach in 2014, the province didn't have anyone in that role.

"As confirmed previously we offered Anthony the option to extend his contract as per the initial agreement in 2014 and we are pleased to see him avail of this renewal and commit to the province for a further year," Fitzgerald said.

"The decision to seek a Director of Rugby was made at Munster Professional Game Board level in consultation with the IRFU, and is in line with our strategic plan for the organisation.”

Foley has struggled at times during his year and two-thirds in charge of his native province, failing to make it out of the Champions Cup pool stages in consecutive years. The province did make the Pro12 final last season, where they lost to Glasgow, but have struggled domestically in this seasons.

They currently occupy fifth in the table and news that the province wished to hire a Director of Rugby to work over Foley began to filter out a few weeks ago, while incoming Irish defence coach Andy Farrell was also brought in as a consultant.

Munster have yet to announce any possible candidates for the new position, but one name that has popped up in reports is Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder, who will leave the Super Rugby side at the end of the current campaign.

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