‘Reds, Wallabies or nothing’
10 Nov 2011
Reds boss Ewen McKenzie says only a Wallabies head coach job offer will lure him away from the Queensland franchise.
There were post-World Cup rumours that McKenzie would join Robbie Deans’ management team or accept a move abroad. However, the Super Rugby-winning coach has confirmed that he will commit to his current contract with the Reds, which only expires at the end of 2013.
‘It [the Wallabies head coach post] sits there as a job that might be nice to do at some point but I don’t sit there and covet it,’ McKenzie told smh.com.au. ‘It will always come up at some point in time and you have to be doing well at that point of time and they have to like you, and that changes. So, we’ll see. I’m not worried about it because in the end I’ve got a good job and a job I enjoy.’
Reds CEO Jim Carmichael said he expects McKenzie to succeed Robbie Deans one day – but at the right time.
‘We’ve got ambitions for him as well, but he’s got a job to do here and all in good time,’ Carmichael said, adding that the Wallabies job was the only one McKenzie would potentially be released for.
‘It’s Wallabies or Reds or nothing. We have both a formal and a philosophical agreement of where we want this to go.’
McKenzie led the Waratahs to the 2005 and 2008 Super Rugby finals before winning the competition with the Reds last season. He turned the opportunity to coach the Wallabies in 2005 down before losing out to Robbie Deans in 2007.