Decision on Tasman coaching job imminent

RICHARD KNOWLER
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012
Leon MacDonald
Fairfax NZ
LEON MACDONALD: The former All Black has reapplied for the Tasman coaching job.

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Chief executive Andrew Flexman has confirmed "eight or nine" applications have been received for the Tasman coaching job.

Although Kieran Keane and Leon MacDonald have stated they are keen to reapply, and are favoured to be reappointed for a fourth season, that has not deterred potential successors.

"There has been a really good level of interest, something that has pleased us," Tasman chief executive Flexman said. "We expect to make a decision before Christmas."

Tomorrow's deadline will be followed by a short-listing of candidates.

Several applications have been received from overseas, although it is understood they could not be slotted into the "high-profile" category.

Before this year's NPC began the Tasman board told Keane and MacDonald their jobs would be advertised, regardless of where the Makos finished.

This year's results were respectable. Tasman were beaten by Otago in the NPC championship semifinal, a dramatic improvement on the previous season when they won just two matches and finished last.

In 2010 they finished 12th in the old 14-team competition.

Head coach Keane was preferred ahead of Bevan Cadwallader in 2010 after they were employed as co-coaches the previous year. Keane immediately recruited former All Blacks fullback MacDonald as his assistant after he retired from playing.

Former All Blacks captain Mike Brewer, who now lives in Counties-Manukau territory where is involved with a lucerne business, expressed an interest in the position three years ago but had not applied this time.

"I didn't even know they were advertising it," Brewer said.

Although he had fielded several enquiries about coaching positions from provinces in New Zealand and Australia in recent times, Brewer said he was committed to his business.

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