Former New South Wales hooker Phil Kearns has slammed the shock decision of coach Michael Foley to leave the Waratahs and join Western Force.
The Waratahs confirmed Foley's shock exit on Tuesday and reports suggest the 45-year-old will link with the Force, who are currently without a coach, for the 2013 season.
Kearns, who combined 73 NSW caps with 67 for Australia during his decorated career, was left stunned by the decision.
He said his former Wallabies teammate should have stayed with the Waratahs, especially after recently committing his future to the Sydney-based franchise.
"It's a little surprising from Michael given he confirmed and re-applied for his job as coach of the Waratahs," Kearns told Fox Sports News.
"They appointed him, they accepted his new strategy and his plan going forward and then he pulls the pin.
"It's a very, very strange situation.
"Given he was contracted and that contract was just renewed, it's a pretty poor decision to say the least.
"There will be some people around NSW rugby disappointed with what he's done."