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McGahan must stay until Foley ready to take reins in 2013

WITH Tony McGahan's contract up at the end of the season, the issue who of coaches Munster next is a live one.

The Australian has been working here for nearly seven years -- head coach for the past four seasons -- which would suggest a natural overseas coach shelf-life conclusion, a la Michael Cheika.

However, McGahan is doing a fantastic job, juggling Ireland impositions and a debilitating injury list to keep Munster at the business end of league and cup, while doing superb work with younger players during a transitional period.

While his assistant Anthony Foley (pictured above) looks like a head coach in the making, it still very soon to elevate the former No 8, and the logical decision would be to ask McGahan to continue doing what he is doing for one more season, and then bring in Foley.

We shall see.

Irish Independent