Warren Gatland drops major hint to his next job after Wales
Wales and British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland is keen to coach in his native New Zealand after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The 54-year-old’s contract with Wales ends in 2019 and he admitted he has no plans to coach the Lions on their next tour. He also said he would like to return to New Zealand.
Despite his wish to coach in his home country, he is aware that coaching vacancies are rare in the top-flight.
Gatland told Auckland-based Radio Sport: “The plan is to finish in 2019, and have a six-month break.
“I’m coming back home, going to the beach and putting my feet up for a while. Then see if there are any opportunities after that, perhaps in Super Rugby.
“The thing about New Zealand is you have to be in the right place at the right time because there’s not a lot of coaching positions.”
Gatland also has ambitions to coach the All Blacks one day.
“If you come back to New Zealand and if there’s an opportunity to get involved in Super Rugby, and you’re successful, other things open up for you,” he added.
“That’s the way I look at it. I promise you there’s not a strategy in place of me coming back to New Zealand and wanting to coach the All Blacks.”
Gatland said he was shocked by his treatment from the New Zealand press during the British and Irish Lions’ three-Test series in New Zealand earlier this year.
“I’ve got to say the hospitality we had in New Zealand was unbelievable. The amount of people who spoke to me and contacted me to say that they were disappointed by some of the stuff that was written puts things into perspective.”
Gatland last coached provincial New Zealand team Waikato for two years in his home nation before taking the Wales job in 2007.