The news of the shock exit of Eric Elwood from Connacht at the end of the season looks set to leave Eddie O’Sullivan fancied to be new coach.
Elwood has told Connacht officials that he will end his 23-year association and his three year reign as manager at the end of the season. It is thought that due to his young family Eric is going to take a few years away from a seven day week coaching job. He may take a job with the Irish set up as a backs/forwards coach as it would not be 24/7.
Elwood said: ‘I have come to this decision after thinking long and hard about what is best for me and also what is best for Connacht. I have given a big part of my life to Connacht Rugby and I feel that it is time for me to have a change and time for the province to have a change as well.
‘I want to stress that this has nothing to do with any on field issues or performances or anything off the field. Connacht has progressed enormously in the last couple of years and I can only see that continuing but for me personally the time is right to step aside at the end of this season and let someone else take things on.
‘It is a decision that I have not made lightly and it’s an emotional one but again I would like to make it very clear that it is my decision and no-one else’s. I have not been under any pressure to step down and I have always received great support from the IRFU, the Professional Game Board and everyone involved with Connacht.’
The former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan only lives thirty miles from Galway City and has coached local clubs Galwegians and Buccaneers and was also the head coach at Connacht.
O’Sullivan is the new Irish Olympic Handball Association high performance advisor but this is unlikely to stop him becoming the new Connacht Coach he is the most likely replacement for Elwood.
The other main contenders for the job will be forwards coach Dan McFarland and defence coach Billy Millard.