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Premiership side Leicester announced the appointment of Geordan Murphy
as head coach on a permanent basis on Tuesday despite a poor run of
results under his leadership.
The 40-year-old had been holding the position on an interim basis
since the opening weeks of the season when Matt O'Connor was sacked
after one league game.
"It is a huge honour to be asked to be head coach at a club I know so well," Murphy told the club's website.
Murphy joined Leicester as a player in 1997, scoring 93 tries in 322
games on the way to eight Premiership titles and two European Cups.
He also represented Ireland 72 times and played in two Tests for the
British and Irish Lions before moving into coaching at Leicester in
Club chairman Peter Tom said: "Although recent results have not been
at the level we all expect, Geordan’s leadership, enthusiasm and hard
work during a challenging period have impressed us all.
"Geordan has his own vision of how to get the best out of the coaches
and players around him, and now is the time for everyone to work
together to help his plans come to fruition."
Leicester, who have lost their past eight games in all competitions,
are eighth in the Premiership table after six defeats in nine matches.