MUNSTER head coach, Anthony Foley says the fact a sensitive player review document, which had been accidentally sent out to all squad members ended up in the media, highlighted the fact that there are ‘people out there who want to get you, want to see you fail.’
Head coach Foley insisted such an incident would ‘never, ever happen again’, when he and Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald briefed the media on the matter at Thomond Park yesterday.
Foley said: “To be honest with you, it is not bad (timing) because assuming everyone is out there to help you and give you a pat on the back, wish you well and all that, this is a clear reminder that there are people out there that want to get you, want to see you fail. That is me as an individual and us as a team. There are people out there who have that in their mind. It is great going into the season knowing that.
“It is great that it can give us a galvanising effect. We just want to make sure we keep rugby in mind. That is the most important thing for us. My opinion, other coaches opinion, journalists opinion, players opinion, everyone is entitled to hold one. For me, going into the season, we are quite excited around where we are in terms of our preparation, looking forward to playing Edinburgh in Thomond Park on Friday night. . .
“On Thursday, I met as many of the individual players as I could on a one-on-one basis to talk about it. If they had any issues, try and resolve them there and then. When we met on Friday for the game (v London Irish) I addressed it to that group. From there, we performed normally as we would for any game. I think we got an impressive result in Waterford.”
Garrett Fitzgerald said they were completely satisfied that the issuing of the player review document was ‘a human error.’ Munster had ‘taken all the right legal and professional steps to handle the issue properly.’
Fitzgerald said Munster had notified the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner about the matter.
Meanwhile, Thomond Park is to deliver an enhanced match-day experience for fans with the creation of a fan zone plaza and dedicated family fun zone area on the East Stand side of the stadium.