Penney says contract talks are ‘progressing’

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster head coach Rob Penney
MUNSTER head coach, Rob Penney said discussions over a possible contract extension with Munster Rugby chiefs are ‘progressing.’

MUNSTER head coach, Rob Penney said discussions over a possible contract extension with Munster Rugby chiefs are ‘progressing.’

Penney’s two year term as Munster head coach is due to finish at the end of the current season.

Kiwi Penney has indicated that he would ‘very much like to stay’ at Munster, adding that he always felt his time in charge of the province ‘would be a three-year process.’

Penney has opened discussions with the province with a view to extending his tenure as head coach into a third season at least.

Penney said at a Munster press briefing at UL this week: “Things are progressing (contract discussions). The organisation have been great to deal with.

“I can’t speak highly enough about their administration and the people in behind the scenes and it’s been great and we’re still working through it.”

The contracts of the remaining members of the Munster management team, including backs coach Simon Mannix, forwards coach Anthony Foley and skills coach Ian Costello are also due to end this summer. Foley and Costello agreed one-year extensions last year, meaning their contracts end at the same time as those of Penney and Mannix.

Rob Penney joined Munster from Canterbury ahead of the start of the 2012-13 season, succeeding Australian Tony McGahan.

The province experienced mixed fortunes through Penney’s first season, finishing a disappointing sixth in the RaboDirect PRO12 when Munster failed to reach the play-offs. Munster did reach the Heineken Cup semi-finals, before narrowly losing to Clermont Auvergne.

Munster have enjoyed a much improved showing in the RaboDirect PRO12 this term, with the province currently sitting top of the table and Munster also lead the way in Pool 6 of the Heineken Cup..

Penney’s policy of rotating players through the season has worked well as the team continues to grind out positive results, despite very often showing a significant number of changes in personnel.