Western Force part ways with Foley

NOT NEEDED: Western Force coach Michael Foley has been sacked.
NOT NEEDED: Western Force coach Michael Foley has been sacked. THERON KIRKMAN

RUGBY: Assistant coach Dave Wessels will take over the reins for the last three games of the Super Rugby season after the Western Force parted ways with Michael Foley.

Foley had been in charge of the WA franchise since late 2012, becoming the organisation’s third full-time head coach.

The Force failed to make the finals in Foley’s four years in charge and finished with the wooden spoon last season after only three wins.

This season the Force is performing even worse, winning just twice and scoring a competition-low 21 tries from 12 games.

In a statement, the club said it would begin the process of appointing a new head coach for 2017 immediately.

RugbyWA chief executive Mark Sinderberry thanked Foley for his contribution to the organisation.

The decision to get rid of Foley comes just a fortnight after the Australian Rugby Union joined with the Force to run the franchise, which has struggled to make ends meet.

Force captain Matt Hodgson has been one of the standouts under Foley and said: “I’m obviously disappointed the way this has been done.

“He (Foley) had the full backing of the players who supported him and we would love to have finished the season with him.”

Topics:  super rugby western force

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