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Poor Results Not Only Reason For Kieran Keane Leaving Connacht

Poor Results Not Only Reason For Kieran Keane Leaving Connacht

Kieran Keane will depart Connacht after just a single season as head coach. The 64-year-old was appointed last year on a three-year deal as successor to Pat Lam.

The New Zealander presided over a disappointing season at the Sportsground, one which saw the province win just seven games in the Pro14.

Though, it was a season which ended on a high - a thumping win against Leinster in John Muldoon's final game for Connacht on Saturday.

Poor results are reportedly not the sole reason for Keane's departure. On this RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland, Darren Frehill revealed:

I've been talking to a source close to the situation and I understand that his sacking is not entirely down to those results as players and staff at the club found his management style difficult to deal with at times.

Frehill affirmed what was evident to anyone who had watched an interview with the former Chiefs backs coach - he is a very spiky personality.

"Just from personal experience, I've interviewed Kieran many times and attended his press conferences over the last nine months or so at the Sportsground - just from that experience, he did have a very old school approach and at times [was] very critical of the players in public.

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"I guess not ideal when it comes to having harmony in that dressing room."

Connacht are expected to officially confirm Keane's departure later today.

Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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