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Last Updated: Friday, 18 February, 2005, 21:44 GMT
Anderson bemoans erratic funding
Dragons coach Chris Anderson
Departing Dragons coach Chris Anderson says he is disappointed with the unstable finances in Welsh rugby.

The Gwent side will not take up the second year of the Aussie's contract as benefactor Tony Brown will withdraw his backing at the end of the season.

"I'm not used to it, coming from rugby league clubs have sound backing and don't rely on one man," said Anderson.

Dragons chief executive Andy Marinos suggested results also played a part in the decision to release Anderson.

"If you look at our position compared to the other Welsh teams it's a relatively good season for us," Marinos told BBC Sport Wales.

The club has had five coaches in five years, you can't get any continuity that way
Chris Anderson
"But it hasn't been quite what we wanted to be honest as we really thought we were in with a shout [of winning things].

"Everyone judges things on Heineken Cup performances and we let ourselves down at home."

But Anderson, a World Cup winner with Australia in rugby league, said that finances were the reason for his departure.

"The club have said that they are losing their benefactor and they can't afford me," he told BBC Wales' Scrum V programme.

"They have been good to me and they gave me my opportunity in rugby union.

"It's never a good time for these things to happen, but we just have to get on with it for the rest of the season.

"It's tough on the club and on the players. They've had five coaches in five years, you can't get any continuity that way."



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