Liam Barry retains his coaching position

MARC HINTON
Last updated 15:20 23/11/2012
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JOB SECURITY: Liam Barry remains in the coaching position at North Harbour

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Liam Barry has retained his job as North Harbour rugby coach despite another disappointing season of under-achievement at the union.

The Harbour board today announced that Barry would return as head coach for 2013, with Alex O'Dowd promoted from within to be his assistant coach.

Former All Black Jeff Wilson had previously indicated he would not be reapplying for the assistant coach's role, after Harbour finished at the bottom of the national provincial championship division.

O'Dowd gets the nod as Barry's assistant after four years as Harbour development coach and successfully guiding Takapuna to club premiership titles in 2007 and 2008.

Despite the continued run of lowly finishes, Harbour chairman John Morgan said it was felt Barry remained the right man for the job.

"Whilst 2012 has been a frustrating year, the board is confident that the combination of two very capable coaches with a strong North Harbour pedigree is the right choice to leverage the talent in the region.

"The North Harbour union has made significant progress in recent years in many aspects of its activities from the growth in player numbers to almost 10,000, the strength of its community rugby programme, to its success in many age-group representative competitions. 

"The board, like many of our fans, stakeholders and supporters, want that progress extended to include success on the field for our ITM Cup team."  

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