Thursday 5 December 2019

O'Sullivan insists he did not turn down role with Munster

Eddie O'Sullivan
Eddie O'Sullivan
David Kelly

David Kelly

Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan has insisted that he did not turn down an invitation to become a backs coach with Munster before signing a two-year contract to become Biarritz head coach this week.

Although O'Sullivan confirmed he had some engagement with the club, both he and the province have confirmed that Munster had not yet arrived at a stage where there was a job offer on the table to any candidate.

"I was upset when I heard that," said O'Sullivan (55), "because to be fair to Munster, there was no job offer. I don't know if they would have offered me a job, I wouldn't be that presumptuous.

"They're going through a process. I was part of that, I did engage with Munster. It's just that the timing was out. They weren't ready to make a decision and in fairness, Biarritz made a decision pretty quickly after talking to me and they put a little bit of pressure on me because their situation is pretty urgent."

While O'Sullivan reiterated his disappointment at not being offered any opportunities in his home country, barring a brief spell with Garryowen, the man who led Ireland to three Triple Crowns insisted he was not bitter.

"There's no point in being bitter," he said. "I'm disappointed. I would have loved to have got a job back in Ireland. I was away in America but I wanted to stay in this part of the world.

"I was disappointed I didn't get an interview with Connacht, I said that at the time and it caused a storm but I've moved on."

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