Foley coy on O’Connell’s Munster link

Date published: March 22 2016

CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14:  Paul O'Connell of Munster looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin on December 14, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The prospect of  former Ireland lock Paul O'Connell becoming Munster's director of rugby is a matter which the Irish province's head coach Anthony Foley is not anxious about.

O'Connell, who has made 178 appearances for Munster since making his debut for the senior side in 2001, is tipped to become the club's first director of rugby.

Foley has admitted that the possibility of him reporting to someone above him is not a concern.

"You are always answerable to somebody," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Everybody is answerable to somebody so that's no change.

"That's there at the present. It just might be a different person." 

The notion that the former British and Irish Lions captain could be the most suitable candidate for the director of rugby role is not something which Foley wanted to comment on.

"That is something you would need to talk to Paul about," he added.

"It is not something I would talk about."

The 42-year-old coach has also stated that he is uncertain if he would have any influence over the appointment of the position or whether it would be done by the start of the next season.

"I don't know," he said.

"I haven't asked to have an input, I am concentrating on the here and now, and making sure we get results. 

"It's something I talk to the CEO about every now and then but it's not a regular occurrence."

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