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Friday 20 September 2019

Eoin Reddan: The Leinster players backed Matt O'Connor until the end

Leinster's Eoin Reddan said the players backed Matt O'Connor
Leinster's Eoin Reddan said the players backed Matt O'Connor

Ruaidhri O’Connor

Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan has admitted that he was surprised by the province’s decision to part ways with Matt O’Connor last week.

The Limerick native has been named in the Ireland squad to face the Barbarians on Thursday, but inevitably faced questions on the Blues’ disappointing season.

O’Connor left the province in shock circumstances last week and they are now on the lookout for a new coach, with big names like Robbie Deans and Ewen McKenzie being linked with the job.

And the Limerick native admitted that the squad feel they could have done more to save their popular coach.

“It's tough for everyone, no one likes to see that happen. We backed Matt to the end, now we back the organisation,” Reddan said.

“It's not a nice situation, no one likes to see it happen. That's the way it went The players were surprised, we were planning for next season.

“The organisation chose to blame Matt, players feel we should have done more.

“We have to get our heads around it quickly, it's tough. Matt's a great guy with lots of guys in the squad.

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“You win and lose together, that was the way with Matt. He won and lost with us and we were on that journey and that's where it ended.

“The criticism is always levelled at the group, as a whole we didn't perform well enough.”

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