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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Struggling Edinburgh lose patience with Bradley

David Kelly

David Kelly

Edinburgh are unlikely to recruit an overseas coach to succeed Michael Bradley after finally confirming the inevitable departure of the Corkonian following a wildly inconsistent two-season stint in charge.

A heavy defeat to Munster last weekend followed a blank European campaign and a raft of poor signings which had left Bradley's position in some doubt for several months – and it is believed he would have been sacked were it not for financial reasons.

Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan was interested in the post two years ago but, with the Scottish Rugby Union seeking a high-profile name to lead their national side, they are likely to restrict their search to domestic candidates this time around.

Defence coach Billy McGinty will also leave last season's shock Heineken Cup semi-finalists and, although forwards coach Neil Back will be retained, it is believed that he is unlikely to be a candidate for the top post.

"I am very disappointed by the run of results this season," said 50-year-old former Connacht and Ireland 'A' coach Bradley, whose side have won just four of their 20 matches this season.

"It's been an honour to be Edinburgh Rugby head coach and I'd like to thank my fellow coaches, management team, players, staff, fans and sponsors for their support these past two years.

"The undoubted highlight of my two years was the joy on the faces of all connected with Edinburgh Rugby when the final whistle went when we overcame Toulouse in last year's quarter-final of the Heineken Cup at Murrayfield.

"I will put everything into the remainder of the season to help the club build for a brighter future."

Since losing last season's semi-final to Ulster at Lansdowne Road, Edinburgh's form has imploded. They lost all six pool games in the competition this term and have won only four of 14 Pro12 ties.

Irish Independent

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