I’ll be here for a long time – Kirwan

Date published: March 8 2015

Although the Blues are yet to win a game this year, their head coach Sir John Kirwan believes he is still the right man to lead the side.

After losses to the Chiefs, Stormers and Cheetahs there was plenty of speculation about Kirwan's role at the helm of the Auckland-based franchise, and despite suffering another defeat to the Lions on Saturday he feels he can still turn the corner with his team who are now at the bottom of the table.

"I like moments like this," he said.

"Men need to stand up so bring it on.

"You don't have time to let external pressures get in your way. I've been doing this a long time. For me it's about working hard."

Despite his side's poor start to the campaign, Kirwan believes he is on the right track and will turn things around sooner rather than later.

"I'm going to be here for a long time," he added.

"I'm the right man for the job. I believe in what I'm doing. I believe in the squad and the structures we're putting together.

"And I intend to be here a long time. We're in a bit of a slump at the moment but we'll turn this around. I'm very confident in what I'm doing."

Blues captain Jerome Kaino – who scored his side's only try in their 13-10 loss ro the Lions – believes the coach is not solely to blame for their current predicament

"The players need to look at themselves and think about how we execute," he said.

"I don't think the leaders took the team forward.

"Sitting at the bottom of the log isn't a good thing to look at or feel. The boys are going to hurt for a while but the quicker we get serious about turning the corner the better.

"I'm sure those guys in the changing rooms are hurting but I have no doubt that those guys have the belief we can turn this around. We need to draw a line in the sand and turn that corner."