Moylan shocked by Shannon

SHANNON'S All-Ireland League winning coach Geoff Moylan today revealed his 'shock' at the decision of the club not to extend his term in charge of the side.

Moylan said he had wished to take charge of Shannon's first team in the new look Top 8 section of the AIL next season, but the club's executive had refused to re-appoint him.

A club spokesman said that 'differences of opinions' had emerged between the club executive and three-time winning coach Moylan over how the side should progress in 2009-10.

The Shannon RFC executive opted not to extend Moylan's term in charge of the side after receiving a report from a three-man committee which carried out a full review of the first team's season and included input of all interested parties. Geoff Moylan said he was shocked at the decision which came a month after he had guided the club to their ninth AIL title.

"I put my name forward to continue in the position, but the executive of the club said no," Geoff Moylan explained from South Africa today where he is attending the Lions tour.

"The executive felt I was not the man to do the job.

"I would like to have taken the team forward into the new Top 8 next season.

"I was shocked when I got the call over the executive's decision."

Shannon PRO Andrew McNamara said the decision not to re-appoint Moylan, who guided Shannon to AIL titles in 2001-02, 2003-04 and again last month, in his first season back in charge of the side, had been taken with 'a heavy heart.'

The club felt that it would be more appropriate if the club's first team was taken in a 'new direction' and, as a result, they would not be extending Moylan's run as first team coach.

"While regaining the AIL was a major success, some unresolved issues remained and the feeling was that a new coaching direction for next season was needed," Andrew McNamara said.

"Those issues were deemed big enough not to re-appoing Geoff (Moylan).

"The decision was made with a heavy heart. Geoff Moylan has made an enormous contribution."

It is understood that Geoff Moylan wished to 'beef' up his backroom team for next season, with speculation that Brian O'Brien, who was the team liaison last season would play a bigger role, and the possibility of an input from former Ireland assistant coach, Niall O'Donovan.

Moylan's AIL winning coaching staff of last season, backs coach Ger Casey and forwards coach Colm Tucker (jnr), will now serve as acting team coaches.

A four-man committee is being appointed to look at the club's options in terms of coaching the first team next season.


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