And maybe Catts future is already determined???
"Diamond confirmed the club are in final negotiations for a new director of rugby/head coach to replace Tony Hanks. “It should be finalised by the end of the season,” he revealed. “The guy is currently in the Premiership and we need to do things correctly."
Lancaster/the RFU hopefully wouldn't be that stupid to give him a job when there are better candidates out there and waiting
Not sure why Wayne Smith would want to join England to be an assistant coach? At least under Henry he essentially operated as a sort of Head Coach. Surely Lancaster is much more hands on than Henry which will make any role under him more junior.
I guess money talks though..
Redpath obviously has strong links to Sale, I always thought his next move is either there or to take over from Robbo at Scotland.
Looks like he has his eye on a much bigger prize.
Quote:Wayne Smith said:
My preference would be to be the head coach, but the environment we had in the All Blacks with Graham and Steve meant you were like a head coach because we had the same accountability.
Sorry Blocks, I see you got the rte first.
Didn't realise he was so unambitious..
Quote:Papers last night
Sportsmail understands the RFU have already begun the Plan B process of hastening their attempts to lure Smith from Waikato Chiefs. The former Northampton coach was an experienced side-kick to Graham Henry as New Zealand won the World Cup at home last year.
Smith has long been linked with an England coaching job, having indicated his desire to return to international rugby from September — after the first year of his contract with the Chiefs — and an apparent willingness to work for Lancaster, despite his novice status in Test terms. It is thought that, having become resigned to Farrell’s impending rejection, the RFU have begun exploring the possibility of recruiting their Kiwi target sooner than had been thought possible.
While that tournament is the distant focal point, the pressing matter is arranging a coaching team for the three-Test South Africa tour. Sources in New Zealand last night indicated that Smith remains adamant he will not leave the Chiefs during the current Super 15 season.
However, there is a potential window of opportunity, as the southern-hemisphere competition has a three-week rest period for the June internationals — from June 2 until June 29. England play the Springboks on June 9, 16 and 23 so the RFU could raise the notion of Smith joining the national team in South Africa on secondment from the Chiefs before taking up a full-time role later in the summer. It would not be ideal for either party, but it would allow him to familiarise himself with the squad.
Crucially, he is not the man in charge at Waikato — that is Dave Rennie. The RFU are sure to be able to offer significant financial incentives to engineer a deal prior to the date of the Super 15 final on August 4.
Quote:Alex Spink in the Mirror this morning
World Cup-winning Kiwi coach Wayne Smith, the popular alternative to Farrell, confirmed to Mirror Sport last night that he had not been approached, nor had any contact with the RFU.
Quote:He's doing a Psychology degree back in Oz (part of his golden parachute perhaps?)callmeMrTibbs
Meehan for example?
The Telegraph have a story that Alex King could be in the frame too. I didn't realise that he was coaching at Clermont