Paul Coggins expects 'quick' decision on his future
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Paul Coggins expects 'quick' decision on his future

LONDON boss Paul Coggins has held ‘positive’ talks with the county board and expects a decision on his future to be made in the coming weeks.

Coggins has been in charge of the Exiles for five years, leading them to the Connacht final in 2013, but his future has been up in the air following London’s Championship exit at the hands of Cavan last month.

The Roscommon native believes he has unfinished business in the role, but there’s still no guarantee he’ll take charge of the side for another campaign.

“I’ve had a chance to think about my future and over the next week or two we’ll be discussing it again,” he told The Irish Post. “We’ve had a lot of good positive conversations and I’ll also meet up with the players now during the week.

“At the end of the day, a lot of good work has been done and I think there’s work to be done still, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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Confirmation that Coggins would take charge for the 2015 season didn’t emerge until October last year, but the manager does not expect a decision to take quite so long this time around.

He said: “I’ve had a meeting with my management team – a very good meeting – but, like every county, we just reviewed the season and what we’ve done up to now.

“We’ll put that on the table to the county board and I hope to meet with them very, very soon because it’s a decision that needs to be made quickly. I certainly expect it to be made quickly, one way or another.”

Coggins began 2015 with an entirely new backroom team, but he confirmed head coach Ciaran Deely – who is employed by soccer side Queens Park Rangers – will now be leaving the London set-up.

He said: “My new backroom staff have been very, very good this season, but Ciaran Deely will be leaving the city for a number of months because he’s off out to India.

“Ciaran has put in a superb effort this year and was a great addition to the whole squad. He brought new ideas and vibrancy to the whole situation.

“We’re sorry to see him go but these things happen. This management team is fantastic, but if we can add to it or improve it we will.”

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