Ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster has been targeted by the Ospreys to succeed the sacked Steve Tandy but their bid to land the former England coach seems set to end in failure.
The former Leeds player has been linked with several ‘number one’ positions in recent times and it is likely that he is an increasingly attractive proposition for a range of clubs due to the work he’s doing at Leinster.
Power-brokers at the Liberty Stadium are one club understood to have approached Lancaster, who is a key lieutenant to head coach Leo Cullen at Guinness PRO14 high-fliers, after firing Tandy last month.
However, Wales Online has reported that the deal looks destined for failure due to the impossible commute Lancaster would have to undertake.
“Lancaster fitted that criteria in the eyes of Ospreys chiefs but their attempt to lure him to Swansea as head coach seems set to hit the buffers, with the Englishman unwilling to uproot from his Leeds home and the length of the commute he would face being unworkable.
“It’s understood he currently commutes to Dublin but there are regular scheduled daily flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Dublin, with the shortest journey taking just an hour. There are no flights between Leeds and Cardiff.
“The driving time for the 248-mile trip from Leeds to Ospreys’ training headquarters at Llandarcy is nearly four-and-a-half hours.”