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Jonathan Bradley of Belfast Telegraph (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Dan McFarland has proved the perfect fit for Ulster and now he has the chance to separate himself from his predecessors

Jonathan Bradley


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His way: Dan McFarland has shaped an Ulster squad, that was in decline before his arrival, in his own image

His way: Dan McFarland has shaped an Ulster squad, that was in decline before his arrival, in his own image

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Dan McFarland will have to make do without his assistant Dwayne Peel (right) next season

Dan McFarland will have to make do without his assistant Dwayne Peel (right) next season

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His way: Dan McFarland has shaped an Ulster squad, that was in decline before his arrival, in his own image

When asked for a coaching contemporary he admires, Dan McFarland will often reach for the name of Bill Belichick.

In the NFL, where the turnover of head honchos is so regular that the day after the final game of the season is dubbed 'Black Monday', Belichick is the outlier having led the New England Patriots since the year 2000.

With the signing of a contract extension at Ulster this week, McFarland has proven to be something of an outlier himself.


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