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No radical changes at Ospreys says Andrew Hore

Andrew Hore
Hore was appointed elite performance director in 2007

The Ospreys' elite performance director Andrew Hore has said there will be no 'knee-jerk reaction' following their Heineken Cup exit.

Defeat against London Irish last Sunday saw the region bow out of Europe.

Hore revealed that a review is currently being held, but denied wholesale changes would follow.

"The organisation has been through enough change of a dramatic fashion in the last two and a half years," Hore told Scrum V radio.

"This board made a decision they would make changes to try and take this company into the next level of professional rugby.

"We've done that and we've just probably got to settle if anything and consolidate where we are. I think it would be a knee-jerk reaction to go and do that.

"I was lucky enough to be involved with the New Zealand Rugby Union in the last World Cup and was asked to review all the coaches at the time there.

"They saw that sometimes you do more damage by being reactive like that.

"We will be sitting down, we already have, ask some hard questions and have a look at what we could have done better and what went wrong.

"We've got and environment where we can give it to one another and where people can say what they think and debate behind closed doors.

"Its refreshing that we can now get to the issues and look at solving those issues."

Having joined in 2007, Hore's current Ospreys contract expires at the end of the 2010-11 season but the Kiwi has denied reports his own position is under review.

"We are looking at everything in the business and what we said we would try and achieve and how far we've come," said the former WRU fitness coach.

"They haven't said anything about reviewing me in that respect and to be honest it's me pushing it because I want to do what's right for them.

"I need to sit down and have a look at things. I've been quite honest with the board and the review is important.

"My intention is to do what is right for the Ospreys. I want to have a clear and transparent process with them.

"I do love it here and really enjoy working with Roger [Blyth] and Mike [Cuddy] and the rest of the board. I find them innovative and forward thinking."

Hore also revealed that the Ospreys have held talks with Shane Williams and is hopeful the Wales winger will stay with the region.

Shane has been an icon of our region. Not many people have achieved what he's achieved

Andrew Hore on Shane Williams

The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract and reports in the past have linked Williams with a move to France.

"It would be really nice if he could stay and we will be working hard to attempt to do that," said Hore.

"Shane has been an icon of our region. Not many people have achieved what he's achieved.

"There's no doubt we'd like Shane to stay. I can't really go into too much detail because we've been talking to Shane.

"But Shane's also got a family to think about and he's got a future and a career.

"One of the things we are trying to do more and more of is looking at opportunities for these players outside of rugby post-retirement.

"Shane's not getting any younger so we've got to look at what can we do to assist Shane off-field, help for his family and help him stay in this region long term.

"Shane has offered a lot to the Ospreys as a player but I guarantee you Shane will offer us a lot when he's retired as well."

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