Eddie O'Sullivan explains why he "feels bad for" Munster head coach Anthony Foley

Ex-Ireland head coach talks to Off The Ball about how Rassie Erasmus' arrival effects Foley

Munster, Anthony Foley, Pro 12

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Ex-Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan believes Rassie Erasmus' arrival as Munster director of rugby this summer puts head coach Anthony Foley in a "difficult position".

With South African Erasmus set to be the key decision-maker, it puts some question marks over Foley's influence next season, having secured Champions Cup qualification at the weekend.

"It's a very difficult position for Anthony Foley. Whatever your dice is, he's not in charge of Munster rugby any more. He's really in a more junior position than he was. I mean, it was made very clear at the announcement that Erasmus was coming in," Eddie told Off The Ball.

"There's no doubt next season that Rassie Erasmus is going to call the shots, he's going to pick the team, he's going to structure the game-plans and he's going to be involved in recruiting. They're all the things that Anthony Foley was doing for the last couple of seasons."   

Eddie adds that Munster should set out Foley's role and responsibilities next seasons to him, "the sooner the better".

He went on to discuss the "human side", saying that "it's a very tough place" for Foley and that he "feels bad for the guy".