Michael Foley leaves the Waratahs

Getty Images and James Mortimer     01 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Foley handed in his resignation today, saying, “I'd like to thank the organisation and team for their support throughout my time here, particularly over the past season.

“While it's been a challenging season for everyone, being involved over the last four years has been extremely rewarding, particularly being part of a team that was able to play in two finals series.

“I believe that the squad and organisation has the potential to turn it around and I wish everyone the best for next season.”

It is considered by many sections of the Australian media to be a case of not if but when Foley is appointed new Force coach, with the Western Australian franchise after some positive news after what appears to be failure to appoint Michael Cheika, while star flank David Pocock signed with the Brumbies.

Foley and the Waratahs finished eleventh overall on the Investec Super Rugby table, losing their last eight matches, while losing six from eight at their home city of Sydney.

Speaking on behalf of the Waratahs Rugby Board, Al Baxter said, “On behalf of everyone involved with the HSBC Waratahs, I would like to thank Michael Foley for his dedication and commitment to the team and the organisation, not just over the past year but throughout his time with the province. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

The Waratahs Rugby Board will now oversee the process of appointing a new head coach. “We firmly believe that this position is a highly sought-after role and will begin the appointment process with immediate effort,” added Baxter.