Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Edwards not interested in top job

Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards says he has no desire to apply for the role of Wasps director of rugby after seeing his side lose 21-12 to Leicester in their Aviva Premiership clash at Welford Road.

Wasps parted company with rugby director Tony Hanks on Thursday following a run of just one win in six games in all competitions. Lawrence Dallaglio and Dean Ryan are among the names being linked with the Adams Park side and head coach Edwards, also part of the Wales coaching panel, says he has no desire to step up.

"I am very happy where I am," he said. "I have no desire to get involved in the contracts or hiring and firing of people."

He added: "I am a coach and I enjoy being out on the training pitch with the players, so being a director of rugby has never been an ambition of mine.

"At the moment, with me taking over as the so-called 'boss' the only difference has been that I am picking the team and deciding when the subs go on so it has not taken up that much more of my time."

Saturday's defeat leaves Wasps, whose points came courtesy of four Dave Walder penalties, facing an uphill battle to secure a play-off berth after slipping to eighth in the table, but Edwards was pleased with the character shown by his men, particularly during the second half as they bravely held off wave after wave of Leicester attacks.

He said: "We showed the usual Wasps spirit, I felt like they deserved a bonus point for the doggedness of the players and our defence in our 22 in the second half was superb. But we need to score more points."

And Edwards also insisted that his target for the remainder of the season is simply to secure a top-six finish and a Heineken Cup spot.

"People forget we have only made the play-offs once in five years," he said. "We did it in 2008 when we won the title, we won the Heineken Cup in 2007, but we did not make the play-offs that season.

"Our objective is to qualify for the Heineken Cup and if we can get into the play-offs that would be great."

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