Following on from our earlier post this morning, kudos to Sir John Kirwan for stepping down from his role as head coach. It is expected that the new role will pass to Tana Umaga, former All Black and hot favorite to fill Sir Johns’ Kirwans role.
Kirwan has gracefully accepted that with a two third loss in all games it is time to hand over the reign of the Auckland team to new blood.
He has said that he thinks that “Tana is an outstanding young man, he has a similar pathway to me, he is a guy who I think would be one of the candidates who would be fantastic for here. He is from the wider region, he is a good man.”
Blues chief executive Michael Redman said “When JK arrived three years ago he had the courage to shine a spotlight on the areas within the organisation that were in serious need of an overhaul, the playing record of the Blues under JK has not reflected his work and the determination he had to create a pathway for sustainable success going forward, based on strong values.That reform is now unstoppable and JK has to take a significant amount of the credit for it.”