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Holley reaffirms commitment

Guinness PRO12 Editor

19 May 2011


Ospreys head coach Sean Holley insists he will not be leaving the region this summer.

At the beginning of the current campaign the Ospreys set themselves the target of defending their Magners League crown but they were knocked out of Europe at the group stages and then failed to defend their league title after falling to an 18-11 semi-final defeat at the hands of Munster.

Holley admitted the surrender of their title was disappointing but he has reaffirmed he will not be leaving the coaching set-up at the Liberty stadium.

"I'm here to stay to stay, don't you worry about that," Holley told BBC Wales Sport.

"It's been a disappointing season overall. But we'll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and have a better one next year."

After spending the majority of the season comfortably inside the Play-Off places, a run of four games without victory following the Six Nations saw the region fall outside the top four.

But they scraped in on the final weekend with an unconvincing 12-10 win over bottom club Aironi, coupled with Cardiff Blues' defeat at the Scarlets.

Unfortunately for the Ospreys faithful, they failed to hit top form at Thomond Park and fell to a fourth reverse to Munster this season.

The region are going through a transitional phase with James Hook, Lee Byrne, Craig Mitchell, Marty Holah and Jerry Collins all confirmed departures.

But the rebuilding process has already begun and the Ospreys have signed George Stowers, Joe Bearman and Kahn Fotuali'i ahead of the 2011/12 campaign.