O'Sullivan linked with US return

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by snoopy snoopy dog dog, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan has emerged as a possible successor to Scott Johnson as coach of the USA team.

    Australian Johnson, formerly caretaker Wales boss, is leaving the Americans at the end of the season to take over at Welsh club Ospreys.

    O'Sullivan was in charge of the US Eagles before becoming Ireland's assistant coach in 1999. He won three Triple Crowns as Irish boss and has recently made two coaching trips to the United States.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_unio...ish/7862583.stm

    It would be a good appointment in my opinion. O'Sullivan know the US system already and has a solid coaching pedigree. Given the fact that he doesn't seem to be considered for any major European coaching gig, the US job may prove the next best option. With Mark McCall and Jeremy Davidson losing their jobs with Castres at the end of the season, he'd have a pair of possible assistant coaches who he knows and rates highly to take with him.
     
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  3. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    I thought that Johnson had already walked out on the Eagles.
     
  4. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Jan 31 2009, 03:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    He's handed in his notice of 3 months. The Eagles will probably have a new coach in place for the Ireland test (are they playing Wales too?) and the Churchill Cup.
     
  5. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    No he recently handed in his 3 month notice. I would prefer to see Eddie go to Leicester or the Ospreys to be honest :p
     
  6. An update:

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    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/...2923383392.html
     
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    http://www.americanrugbynews.com/artman/pu...ch_Eagles.shtml

    It looks like EOS to the Eagles is all but confirmed.
     
  8. Flyin Ryan

    Flyin Ryan Guest

  9. Finally a quote to back up the story:


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    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/...3867938780.html
     
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    Would I be right in saying O'Sullivan's first game in charge will be against Ireland in May?
     
  11. frntline

    frntline Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Mar 5 2009, 01:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    lol yeah kinda ironic
     
  12. O'Rothlain

    O'Rothlain Guest

    "We are obviously delighted to announce Eddie as the new Eagles coach..."
    - USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville

    Apparently the US is getting evermore serious about the rugby. Read the article here:
    http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2009/0305/osullivane.html
    It will be interesting to see what developments will be made. He's still got the same players, is the problem. We now have more professional players on our team than ever, but still, our National Team is only a reflection of our domestic game.

    Congrats, EOS, it's nice to see you back, and you're welcome to come to my club anytime...we'll even let you buy us drinks!
     
  13. There's a good interview with Eddie O'Sullivan where he talks about the Eagles job here:
    http://www.americanrugbynews.com/podcast_p...Podcast_77.html

    What is most interesting is that he talks up 7s rugby and the need to create strong lines of communication with the Super League coaches. When EOS was in charge of Ireland, the 7s program was abandoned and a major criticism of him was his lack of communication with the provincial coaches. Perhaps his year out of the game has allowed him take stock and reassess his rugby philosophy and past failings. If that's the case, more power to him. I hope he's successful in his new role.
     
  14. frntline

    frntline Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Mar 6 2009, 04:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    yeah listen to that yesterday great interview and i was happen that he actually went on with them since their the only USA Rugby News site.
     
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