Rebels coach set to leave club
THE toll from the elongated Super Rugby cull saga continues to mount, with Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan set to leave the embattled club at the end of the season.
With his club facing an uncertain future, McGahan and the Rebels have agreed to part ways at the end of the 2017 campaign.
But the mutual decision also comes on the back of a horror season which is shaping up to be the worst in the club's seven-year history, with the Rebels having won just one of their 13 games.
That poor 2017 record, injury excuses notwithstanding, makes McGahan's overall win record 19 from 41 matches - a 32% success rate - since he took charge prior to the 2014 season.
With either the Rebels or the Western Force set to be cut from Super Rugby in the coming months, McGahan is not the first Rebels employee to jump ship.
A significant number of players, likewise, are assessing their options, despite a moratorium barring any Australian club signing players to new deals being lifted last month.
McGahan is the club's longest-serving coach.
Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson, who was last week elevated from the position of football operations manager, said McGahan's impact on the club had been significant.
"Tony has been a loyal and committed leader of the club since the moment he arrived in Melbourne," Stephenson said.
"This has been a particularly tough year on and off the field and we are grateful for the resilience and determination Tony has shown to keep the players and staff focused on performance.
"Tony's legacy will remain with the club through the program that he has established, processes that are in place and upcoming talent he has nurtured and we wish him the best in his future direction."
McGahan will coach the club's final two games of the season next month and will assist in the process of transitioning to a new coach, should the club's long-term future be secured.