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Last Updated:  Thursday, 13 March, 2003, 13:37 GMT
Earl to leave Dungannon
Andy Earl is a former All Black flanker
Andy Earl is leaving Dungannon after one season
Dungannon are to part company with their Director of Rugby Andy Earl.

Earl, the former All Black flanker, is to leave at the end of the current season to pursue other opportunities in the game.

Earl found that he was being continually hampered with his duties at Stevenson Park because of the increasing demands on key players.

He found that because of players being unavailable due to repesentative duties, he was left frustrated in his attempt to coach a settled team at club sessions.

Dungannon, AIB League champions in 2001, have again consolidated their position in Division One.

Earl, who took over from Willie Anderson at the start of the season, will be in charge for Dungannon's four remaining Division One games.

Local talent

Earl, who was previously with Limerick side Garryowen, has developed a number of the clubs' younger players which will benefit the club in the future.

Dungannon, who lost their First Trust Senior Cup title to Ballymena this season, have already set the wheels in motion in the search for a new supremo.

A preference would be to encourage local talent, but it will look worldwide, if necessary, to find the right person to fill this demanding post.

''The club's goals remain to perform at the highest level available to it,'' said Chairman Billy Boles.

''We also seek to develop young Ulster players to representative level whilst not forgetting our role as a community-based club.

''We will continue to provide healthy recreation for all young people, from all backgrounds, in our area.''

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