Paul O’Connell has confirmed that he is to step down from his coaching role at French club, Stade Francais at the end of the season.
However, the former Ireland captain has reiterated that he is not leaving to take up another coaching role.
In a statement O’Connell said;
“I have decided not to stay beyond my contract year with the club and do not plan to join another club next season either, “he said.
“I had a great adventure at the Stade Français Paris. I am grateful to the club for the opportunity they gave me to live and work in Paris. I was delighted to be able to work alongside Heyneke Meyer, the staff and all the club’s players.
“Finally, I am looking forward to the end of the season and I hope to be able to help the club during the eventual finals of the Top 14.”
There had been reports stemming from France earlier this week that O’Connell was set to leave due to a breakdown in relationship with the head coach, Heyneke Meyer and the TOP 14 club have today confirmed the Munster man’s departure.
Stade Francais released a statement confirming that O’Connell will be leaving the club by mutual consent and that he ‘will always be considered a member of the Stade Français Paris family.’
“Stade Français Paris and Paul O’Connell are very happy with their time together and look forward to the challenges they will face until the end of the season. Paul O’Connell is and will always be considered a member of the Stade Français Paris family.”
O’Connell had previously held a coaching role in the Munster Academy and the Irish u20s before making the move to France.