Super Rugby
Blues move to clear up coaching chaos
ESPN Staff
May 15, 2015
Sir John Kirwan could yet be at the Blues again next season © Getty Images

The Blues have moved to clear up the confusion surrounding coach Sir John Kirwan's future, confirming the All Blacks great could be re-signed beyond this season as one of two potential options.

The Blues released a statement just a couple of days after ESPN columnist Craig Dowd slammed the franchise's lack of transparency in its ongoing review, saying Kirwan alone had been left to front the growing discontent in Auckland.

Besides re-appointing Kirwan as part of a new-look structure, the Blues may also pursue an entirely different coaching team should the board believe it is the best option for 2016 and beyond.

"Prior to the beginning of the 2015 Super Rugby season the Blues board, in consultation with NZ Rugby, agreed a process and timetable to review its coaching structure for 2016," the Blues statement read. "A robust process has been underway since early April. The Blues board has narrowed its focus to two clear options; to reappoint incumbent Head Coach Sir John Kirwan as part of a restructured coaching group; or to create a contestable process for the Head Coach and vacant positions. Both options remain on the table.

"In the process of considering the first option confidential information has been leaked to the media from various sources about potential scenarios and candidates. While the information has not always been accurate, it has undermined the process and created inappropriate pressure on various participants.

"Everyone involved in an employment review or recruitment process should be able to rely on confidentiality. Media speculation has contributed to the process being compromised. The Blues have not and cannot comment on potential candidates in keeping with participants' expectation of confidentiality. The impact on the Blues current coaching staff and players is unacceptable. Blues management remains focused on supporting the staff and players as they prepare for the remaining home games. Under the circumstances the commitment of Blues players and staff has been exemplary.

"As may be expected individual board members have strong views on coaching issues and as the Constitution requires consensus on this matter, it is important that the Board continues to discuss alternatives to achieve that consensus. Blues management will continue with due diligence on the coaching options in front of the board. No further comment on coaching will be made until a decision has been reached.

"We acknowledge the support of our valued sponsors, members and supporters and thank them for their understanding."

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