Blues coach Kirwan: I’m the right man for the job

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has insisted that he is not going anywhere and that he is the man to lead the Blues even though they have made their worst ever start to the Super Rugby season.

The Blues have a record of played four and lost four this season while in 2014 the Blues played sixteen and lost nine matches. In 2013 under Kirwan the Blues lost 10 out of 16 matches.

The Auckland Super Rugby franchise’s most recent loss was a 10-13 loss to the Lions from Johannesburg who effectively won the match by defending and waiting for the Blues to make an error.

The match was meant to be a celebration for Keven Mealamu who became Super Rugby’s most capped player but instead the Blues did little to impress.

The Blues dominated the match for the first 60 minutes but failed to turn their advantage into points on the scoreboard.

Last week the Blues had to deny that they have started sounding out a replacement for Kirwan but the call for some accountability of the Blues performances are getting louder.

Super Rugby will not get much easier for the Blues as they have the Hurricanes, Waratahs and Chiefs ahead and all of them will be away matches for the Auckland franchise.

Despite the Blues disappointing performances coach Kirwan has insisted that he is on the right track.

“I’m going to be here for a long time,” Kirwan told an incredulous group of reporters in Albany.

“I’m the right man for the job”, Kirwan told Stuff.

“I believe in what I’m doing. I believe in the squad and the structures we’re putting together.”

“We’re in a bit of a slump but we’ll turn this around. I’m very confident in what I’m doing.”

In July 2012 Kirwan replaced Pat Lam who was let go for failing to deliver the results that the Blues talent promises but now he has a worse record than Lam.

“I like moments like this. Men need to stand up so bring it on,” said Kirwan.

“We feel we’re doing a lot of things right. Something just needs to drop for us so we can get some confidence.”

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