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Meredith leaves 'by mutual consent'

The Irish international men's team are starting the search for a new coach after Andrew Meredith's contract was terminated.

Although the men have the World Champions Challenge tournament coming up in April in Malaysia, the Irish Hockey Union felt they had no option but to end the relationship with the Australian who was so successful as assistant to the Olympic gold medal-winning Germany team.

The IHU's official statement said the decision was made 'by mutual consent' after discussions with Meredith, and they thanked him for his contribution over the last 14 months.

It's understood family health problems, lack of communication from his German base and his relationship with many of the players, prompted the talks which brought about the decision.

Meredith joined the Irish set-up in October 2012 following his work with the German national team during which he helped them to two Olympic gold medals, a World Cup gold medal and a European gold medal.

Assistant national coach Mick McKinnon and Ireland Under-21 coach Jonny Caren will look after matters until a successor to Meredith is appointed.

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