Having steered Leinster to their second Heineken Cup in two years Joe Schmidt gave supporters even more cause for celebrating as he reaffirmed his committment to Leinster for the foreseeable future.
It has been widely known that Schmidt is one of the most desired coaches in world rugby after his exploits with Leinster over the last two years. The Auckland Blues are known fans of Schmidt, however speaking to a New Zealand website Schmidt confirmed that he will see out the remainder of his Leinster contract.
” For me it just doesn’t fall at the right time. I’m on a contract here and there isn’t one situation in the 10 years I’ve been doing this sort of job that I haven’t filled my obligation to a contract. I’m not going to start doing that now… unfortunately.
“Sometimes jobs don’t fall at the right time. I still, whenever I get the chance, look out for the Blues and follow them. I certainly feel for [coach] Pat Lam. He’s a good man and a good coach. It’s been a tough year but most clubs have a tough year at some stage and build from it.
Schmidt however did admit that one day he will end back in New Zealand in some capacity.
“I will definitely end up back there [in New Zealand]. I don’t know if I will be coaching or what I will be doing. You are never secure as a coach. You are under someone else’s control or at the whim of whoever is selecting coaches. There’s the old adage that there are only two types of coaches, ones who have been fired and others waiting to be fired.
“We used to have a sweepstake at Clermont at the start of each season to see which coach from which club was going to be fired first. I thought it was a bit of a joke until six weeks in, the first coach got fired and I thought, ‘gee, that’s pretty ruthless’. That’s part of the reason why I don’t really do any particular planning.”