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Tindall in limbo

Mike Tindall admits his Gloucester future has been thrown into total doubt by Nigel Davies' sacking.

The England World Cup winner has conceded he is in Kingsholm limbo for the second time in three seasons as Gloucester seek another new-look coaching team.

The 35-year-old former England centre had been mulling an offer to be full-time backs coach for next season, but Davies' departure leaves that proposal void.

The former England captain admitted his Cherry and Whites fate will lie with Gloucester's eventual new director of rugby.

Tindall believes Gloucester are aiming to tie up a deal for their new boss within the coming fortnight, but said that could prove a tight turnaround.

"It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but we'll see what happens at the end of it," Tindall told Press Association Sport.

"It's a weird time for me with my playing and coaching contract running out at the same time, I'm almost where I was two years ago.

"I don't know what's going to happen but we'll see.

"Everything's in limbo again, so it's just a case of holding on to see what happens."

Former Wales attack coach Davies arrived from the Scarlets in 2012 and immediately handed Tindall a Kingsholm reprieve.

Surplus to requirements until Bryan Redpath's Sale switch, Tindall was able to resurrect his Gloucester career, assuming a player/coach role with Davies' backing.

Now the Otley-born midfielder hopes history can repeat itself, with the eventual new Gloucester boss extending his Cherry and Whites tenure once again.

"I must give a lot of credit and respect to Nigel - without him I wouldn't have been here for the last two years," said Tindall.

"He said for him going forward and the best thing for the group, he wanted me as a full-time coach.

"I disagreed with him, but I had to respect his decision because without him I wouldn't have been at the club still anyway.

"We were going through that process, but now he's not here. My contract will run out so I've got to wait and see who comes in and what they want.

"So all bets are off: unless you put your CV in for the big job.

"Realistically it would be a very big step for someone just getting started in coaching.

"You see behind the scenes what a director of rugby has to do and there's so many facets to the job."

Newport Dragons coaching duo Lyn Jones and Kingsley Jones are already in the frame for the Gloucester job, but the Kingsholm club have launched a worldwide search, with names like Kiwi coach Wayne Smith also mooted.

Tindall admitted Gloucester must act fast to allow the new chief to recruit his own backroom staff in time to prepare fully for next season.

Speaking at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall annual celebrity golf class in aid of Rugby for Heroes, he said: "It's clearly the club's ultimate priority and they want to get it done as soon as possible, but it's tough to find someone for a job like that in a matter of weeks.

"The amount of people who will apply, and to sift through all that, I would have thought it would be very hard to get through in that timescale.

"But we'll just have to wait and see.

"Nigel leaving, it all happened so fast, and we were shocked, I was shocked.

"You see what he'd put in place for next season and, yes, results were not where we want them to be, but a lot of what he did off the field was the best for the club.

"I'm sure Nigel will be very disappointed he doesn't get to see all the new signings come in and work with what he'd put together."


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