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Boss Foley not fazed by O'Connell's Munster link

By John Fallon

Anthony Foley said that the possibility of Paul O'Connell becoming Munster's new Director of Rugby is something entirely for the province's former Lions and Ireland captain to consider and not an issue he is going to become involved in.

Foley said that his primary concern was ensuring that Munster produced a storming finish to the season and he is not going to be side-tracked by who fills the newly created position.

The Munster coach, who last week signed a one-year extension to his contract, is in his second campaign in charge and said he is not concerned about having to report to a new boss next season.

"You are always answerable to somebody. Everybody is answerable to somebody so that's no change. That's there at the present. It just might be a different person," he said.

Foley said he did not know if the Director of Rugby would be in place for the start of next season, nor did he know if he would have input into who is selected.

He said: "I don't know. I haven't asked to have an input, I am concentrating on the here and now, and making sure we get results. It's something I talk to the CEO about every now and then but it's not a regular occurrence."

Speculation that the recently retired O'Connell might be the suitable candidate is not something which Foley is dwelling on.

He added: "That is something you would need to talk to Paul about. It is not something I would talk about."

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