Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga will continue as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues for another year despite his team winning only three of its first 11 matches in Super Rugby this season.
Umaga has coached the Blues for the past three years, during which they have finished 14th, 11th and ninth.
The Blues have not beaten another New Zealand team in more than two years and they are currently bottom of the Super Rugby standings.
"Believe me, no one at the Blues right now is happy with where we are at, but everyone has bought into our plan, believes in it and works so hard every day to perform," he said.
"There are significant parts of every game where we are achieving that and just a few basic things that let us down."
The Blues said former All Black Leon MacDonald would join Umaga as an assistant coach in the 2019 season.
MacDonald, who currently coaches Tasman Makos in the domestic competition, was Umaga's assistant in 2015 when the pair guided New Zealand's U20s to a world championship.
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