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Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards has 'no interest' in Leicester return

Dean Richards has dismissed any suggestion of a possible coaching return to his former club Leicester.

The Tigers sacked rugby director Richard Cockerill last week, with head coach Aaron Mauger currently in charge of first team business.

But Newcastle rugby director Richards, 53, says he has "no interest" in the Leicester position.

He led the Tigers to four Premiership titles and two European Cup final successes between 1998 and 2004, while he also played more than 300 times for Leicester during a career that produced 48 England caps.

"I have ambitions still myself, am competitive and have that desire to win," Richards told the Daily Telegraph.

"You never lose that instinct, and it has been great to rekindle things here at Newcastle.

"As for Leicester, I've seen what has happened to Richard (Cockerill), and even though he has had longevity in that job, a board gets impatient for success.

"But Leicester is not in my mind at all. I have no interest. I am very happy where I am."

Martin Johnson, Stuart Lancaster and Heyneke Meyer are among those to have been linked with the Leicester job, although it would be no surprise if New Zealander Mauger remained in charge at least for the rest of this season.


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