Friday 15 December 2017

Foley would be 'flattered' if offered the Munster job

John Fallon

Forwards coach Anthony Foley said he would be flattered to be considered for the top job after Tony McGahan's Munster exit.

Munster yesterday confirmed that McGahan will be departing at the end of the season. He is due to be appointed as Australia's defence coach tomorrow.

Foley said he expects there to be a lot of interest in the position.

"I don't know what the future holds. You'd be flattered to have your name associated with it. There will be a lot of good coaches coming in for that job," said the former No 8.

"It's a great job. Munster are a great club to be involved in and I've been fortunate enough to be involved with them all my career.

"It's a great place to learn your trade. You just look back down the list of coaches that have been here: Deccie (Declan Kidney), Gaffer (Alan Gaffney), Tony (McGahan).


"It's a great springboard for ambitious coaches but you need to be fully aware of what you're getting into here, and I'm sure that's something they will take into account when they're picking a successor."

The former Munster captain said that McGahan had informed the management of his departure on Tuesday morning and that they were determined it would not impact on their preparations for the Pro12 game against Cardiff tomorrow night.

"We were all called to a meeting and all the management were informed and the players were informed post-training. There has been no interference with our preparation for this weekend," he said.

"The boys have 24-48 hours to digest and make sure they are ready to play Cardiff, which is the most important thing for this squad at the moment. There is a lot to play for this year."

Foley played 202 times for Munster, captaining them to 2006 Heineken Cup success. He was capped 62 times by Ireland, three times as captain.

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