Head coach Sean Holley at Ospreys 'to stay'

Sean Holley
Holley has been criticised for the Ospreys's style of play

Ospreys head coach Sean Holley says he will not be leaving his post in the wake of a "disappointing" season.

Following the Ospreys' 18-11 Magners League semi-final defeat at Munster, ex-Wales captain Gwyn Jones said the region should let Holley go.

Holley, who works under director of coaching Scott Johnson, told BBC Sport Wales that relinquishing their title was bitterly disappointing.

But he added: "I'm here to stay to stay, don't you worry about that."

After spending most of the season comfortably inside the play-off places, a run of four games without victory after the end of the Six Nations had seen the region fall outside the top four.

But an unconvincing 10-12 win over bottom club Aironi, coupled with Cardiff Blues' defeat at the Scarlets, secured fourth place after the final game of the season.

They failed to raise their game in the semi-final at Munster, though, managing just 28% territory and 45% possession in a lacklustre performance.

That prompted Jones to call for Holley's departure, while another former Wales captain, Jonathan Davies, suggested a "culture of paranoia" has engulfed and shackled the region.

Johnson has already admitted a "transitional phase" has already begun, with James Hook, Lee Byrne, Craig Mitchell, Marty Holah and Jerry Collins confirmed departures.

But Holley says he fully intends to be part of the rebuilding process and

"It's been a disappointing season overall," he said. "But we'll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and have a better one next year."

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