Sunday 20 October 2019

Lancaster 'very happy' at Leinster but leaves door open for Farrell


Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster. Photo: Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Stuart Lancaster has described himself as "very happy" with his current role at Leinster but stopped short of committing his long-term future to the province.

Although he has been linked with roles at England, Ireland and Bath in recent weeks, Lancaster says he has had no contact from outside Leinster where he is in talks about a new deal. His current contract expires at the end of this season.

The former England supremo says he intends to sit down with future Ireland coach Andy Farrell in the coming weeks to discuss his plans.

The two worked together with England and Lancaster said his former assistant was the right choice for the Ireland job. Lancaster commutes from his home in Cumbria to his job as senior coach with Leinster, but is happy with the current arrangement.

"There's definitely talks ongoing," he said of his negotiations with his employers. "I'm happy with where I'm at. The family situation works, it's not ideal consistently flying backwards and forwards, my daughter's just gone to university and my son is a year away from going to university. I occasionally see my wife.

"I'm certainly happy with Leinster but we'll see how it all plays out.

"It's up to Andy to build his coaching team. The reality is he needs (it) to be ready by January 2020. I've not caught up with him since the announcement, I will do soon I'm sure and it will be up to him to shape that. I'll have that conversation.

"He's the right man for the job in my opinion, I think that when Joe announced he was going there was only one person I felt was qualified to do the job and that was Andy.

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