O'Sullivan steps down from USA post
November 16, 2011
O'Sullivan will now pursue options closer to home after leaving the Eagles © Getty Images
Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan has announced he is to leave his role as head coach of the USA Eagles and will instead pursue options closer to home.
The USA acquitted themselves well in the 2011 World Cup overcoming Russia 13-6 and giving Ireland and Italy a scare before eventually coming undone on both occasions. And O'Sullivan, who joined the USA in 2009 after seven years in charge of Ireland, believes now is the right time to step down from his post.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my two-and-a-half years as head coach to the USA Eagles, it has been a rewarding journey working with all the players and staff," O'Sullivan said. "I was delighted with our progress and overall performances in the Rugby World Cup but feel that it is now time for me to consider other options closer to home.
"The win over Russia and the performance against Ireland on 9/11 was particularly special. I would like to wish USA Rugby every success in the future."
O'Sullivan's manager John Baker claims the 52-year-old has received some "interesting enquiries" as he ponders the next move in his coaching career.
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