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Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan believes former Leicester boss Pat Howard would be an “excellent choice” to replace Eddie O’Sullivan as Ireland coach.


Howard (pictured) has been named as one of the favourites for the job after O’Sullivan resigned on Wednesday night. Australian Howard played for Leicester and then went on to coach them.


He left Leicester and returned to Australia and took up a position heading the ARU’s High performance division but has recently resigned from the position.


Under Howard Leicester won the Premiership and EDF Energy Cup and reached the Heineken Cup final.


“You only need look at what he’s done at Leicester to see how talented he is,” Reddan told the BBC.


“(Leicester and Ireland full-back) Geordan Murphy told me Pat’s a good coach, a good guy and a great man manager with lots of fantastic ideas.”


“He almost took Leicester to the treble last year,” said Reddan.


“He nearly pulled it off but we beat Leicester in the Heineken Cup final. To be in that position anyway was a major achievement.”


Reddan, Ireland’s first choice scrum-half since the World Cup is urging the Irish Rugby Football Union to act decisively while making sure they appoint the best man for the job.


“The important thing is to get on with it. It would be great to get someone who is successful and who can take us forward,” he said.


“That’s what happened seven years ago with Eddie – he took us forward and now we need the same again.


“These are exciting times for Ireland. There’s a chance for the IRFU to go out and get the best in the world, which they should do and will do.


“We need a man who will really inspire and excite the players that we have and push Ireland to new levels.”


Under O’Sullivan Ireland won 50 of their 78 matches which makes him the nation’s most successful coach but Reddan also admits the 49-year-old’s tenure had run its natural cause.


“Eddie has resigned and you need to respect his decision,” he said.


“He’s a good, proud man and has brought Irish rugby a long way. He took us to the next level and you have to credit him for that.


“He will be remembered for the Triple Crowns but will also be remembered for what happened at the World Cup.


“That is tough because we were in such a tough group and the whole squad should share responsibility for that.”

 

 

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