Under-threat Rebels to part ways with coach
Melbourne - Melbourne
Rebels coach Tony McGahan will leave at the end of the Super Rugby
season, the club said on Thursday as he pays the price for the team's poor
The team, which is under threat of being axed from next year's
competition, have managed only one win so far this season under the
weight of a crushing injury toll.
The Melbourne side is currently locked in a stand-off with the
Australian Rugby Union, which wants to cut either Western Force or the
Rebels as part of Super Rugby's plan to slim down from 18 to 15 teams.
"This has been a particularly tough year on and off the field and we
are grateful for the resilience and determination Tony has shown to keep
the players and staff focused on performance," said chief executive
"Tony's legacy will remain with the club through the program that he
has established, processes that are in place and upcoming talent he has
nurtured and we wish him the best in his future direction."
McGahan has been coach for four years but has failed to take them to the finals.
He has, however, unearthed eight Wallabies including last year's Australian Super Rugby player of the year, Sean McMahon.
"I look forward to following the Rebels as a club and help in the
transition of the new coach and ensuring the transition is as smooth as
possible," he said.
McGahan has two games remaining in the Super Rugby season - against
Western Force on July 7 and Argentina's Jaguares a week later.