Keith Wood is critical of the "car crash PR" at Munster this week

Former Ireland captain criticises timing of director of rugby announcement on Off The Ball

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Keith Wood is critical of Munster's handling of this week's director of rugby announcement.

Keith and The Irish Times' Gerry Thornley joined Off The Ball on tonight's show and the former Ireland captain gave his take on this week's turn of events, including the difficult position head coach Anthony Foley was put in.

"For me, it was car crash PR. When you have a coach who's trying to prepare for two of the biggest games of his career that he wants to make certain, he spends the whole time talking about things he doesn't have the full information on. They got the timing of it entirely wrong. [Munster CEO] Garrett Fitzgerald had to be the first person to talk through it," said Keith.  

"I noticed and watched through some of the comments from Anthony and Anthony was defensive in some respects but also for the simple reason that he can't talk about the guy who's going to usurp him. He knew this was happening and knew this was coming round the corner.

"He didn't have conversations with Rassie Erasmus apparently but they just put him into the most ridiculous position. He's been under pressure for the last period of time and they hand out a press release as he's talking about the Edinbrugh game. I mean, that's just ham-fisted is the word you used and that's entirely correct."

And as Gerry added: "So quite clearly, Anthony Foley has been superseded, usurped - whatever way you want to put it - and has gone from being the head man to not being the head man next season."

But Keith did add that he is excited by the prospect of Erasmus joining the province.