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O'Gara not ready for Munster job

07th February 2014 08:36

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Ronan O'Gara has stated that while he would want to return to Munster as a coach in the future, his focus for now is with Racing Métro.

Munster announced on Thursday that current boss Rob Penney and backs coach Simon Mannix would both be leaving at the end of the season.

The news came as a surprise with Munster having secured a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup and currently leading the Pro12.

O'Gara's name was naturally linked with the province given his rich history with Munster, for who he scored 2,625 points and made 240 appearances over 16 years.

However the 36-year-old is only in his first year of coaching in Paris and plans to remain there next season.

"There's no point in me running from the fact either that I want to return to Munster in a coaching capacity at some stage," O'Gara wrote in his column for the Examiner.

"I would like to be head coach with Munster. But after one season coaching? Unlikely.

"I will be in Paris again next season. I am adamant about that.

"There is idle talk floating already of the possibility of a return now to Munster as a backs coach. That's for others to decide. But in terms of where I want to get to, this situation comes too early in my coaching career."

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