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Johnson, Holley leave Ospreys - Tandy steps up


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Article Published: Wednesday 15 February 2012


The Ospreys have parted company with Director of Coaching Scott Johnson and Head Coach, Sean Holley and Steve Tandy has been appointed to the post of Head Coach with iimmediate effect.

32-year old Tandy, from Tonmawr, will be assisted by current Forwards Coach Jonathan Humphreys, with the full make-up of his coaching team to be confirmed.

An Ospreys 'original', Tandy has been a part of the Ospreys set-up since the inception of regional rugby, his debut coming in September 2003 against Leinster at Donnybrook.

In total, he played 102 times for the Ospreys, scoring 10 tries, with his final appearance coming against Edinburgh in March 2010.

The former back-rower cut his coaching teeth within the Ospreys age-grade set-up, taking the U16 squad to the WRU Regional Age Grade Championship before becoming Head Coach at Bridgend Ravens, where he led them back into the Welsh Premiership last season at the first attempt.

While at Bridgend, he has combined his time with a coaching role at the Ospreys, first working with the B group of players at the region, and then as Technical Coach. During this season's LV= Cup campaign, he stepped up as Acting Head Coach.

Speaking about his new post, Tandy said,"This is an excellent opportunity for me and I'm really excited about the challenges ahead. Clearly there's an air of expectation on whoever is in charge at the Ospreys, but having been here since the very beginning I know what to expect.

"The Ospreys are my home region and I was lucky enough to be able to wear the shirt on 102 occasions. When I was still playing I worked hard to develop as a coach and I've been fortunate to be at a region that values coach development as it's allowed me to get some fantastic experience within the Ospreys and at Bridgend.

Speaking about his decision to step down now, rather than at the end of the season as previously announced, Johnson commented,"After talking through the issues facing the business with the Board, we've come to a decision that is for the good of the organisation as a whole, which means that I'll be giving up my post with immediate effect.

"I was brought in to a job for the Ospreys, with a particular a remit to help set-up systems that would enable us to bring through home grown talent, coaches and players, and we agree that I'm leaving an organisation that is now better equipped to deal with the challenging times that lie ahead for all the Welsh regions.

"When I informed the Board in December that I wouldn't be renewing my contract, I made the offer to stand down at that time but they felt that it would be better for the organisation if I remained in office to help provide some stability during what was inevitably going to something of a transitional period.

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