The Blues have confirmed that they will advertise Pat Lam's position as Head coach for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
As reported earlier by this website, the Blues Board and the NZRU have agreed the position will be advertised now to maximise the opportunity to test the market and recruit the best available Head Coach for the Blues' 2013 Super Rugby season.
"The reality is, the results of the Blues to date this season have put considerable focus on the role and as those in the rugby industry know, this is the time coaches look to secure their coaching posts for next year and beyond, " said Blues Board Chairman, Gary Whetton.
"In order to ensure we have the best opportunity to garner interest from coaches both locally and abroad, this position needs to be advertised now. "
Suitable applicants will undergo a recruitment process involving representatives from both the NZRU and the Blues.
As with all New Zealand Super Rugby franchises, the NZRU contracts the Head Coach and Assistant Coach of all New Zealand teams, in conjunction with each franchise.
NZRU General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen said: "It's obvious for all to see that the Blues are having a very disappointing season so far in 2012 and this has brought about the need for some action. "
Current coach Pat Lam will continue as Head Coach of the Blues this season and remains contracted to the end of 2012.
Lam is eligible to apply for the job.