Donal Lenihan believes the timing of the news of Johann van Graan's departure from his role as head coach of Munster is "a bit of a kick in the teeth".

The team and supporters have been buzzing after claiming another famous European victory on the road against Wasps on Sunday.

A depleted Munster outfit, with 12 debutants, grabbed a Heineken Champions Cup bonus-point win in Coventry, having to so do minus 34 players who had been caught up in the elongated return from South Africa and subsequent Covid-19 self-isolation restrictions.

The 41-year-old confirmed that he would finish up with Munster at the end of the season on Tuesday and Bath today announced that he would take over at the Premiership club.

"The rumour mill was flying around about Van Graan," the former Munster and Ireland captain told the RTÉ Rugby podcast.

"I just thought it was a kick in the teeth really, given the high that was there from last Sunday.

"We have two coaches leaving in June [along with Stephen Larkham]...just when the province got a great little injection.

"I don’t think losing Van Graan is the end of the world, he is four years there, there has been progress in certain areas but not in others.

"It’s more the wider picture, the fact that Munster will now have had five head coaches in 10 years, the fact that Larkham has gone.

"They were offered contracts and they choose not to accept them, that for me is a concern."

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