DECLAN KIDNEY’S FUTURE as Ireland manager is in doubt tonight after the Corkman admitted he has plenty to consider in the wake of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign.
The Irish slumped to a 22-15 defeat to Italy in Rome — the first time they’ve lost to the Azzurri in the tournament — capping a miserable spring.
The IRFU will soon decide whether or not the former Munster chief is the man to rebuild the team in the coming years. But Kidney says he may not want the job anyway.
“I said all along that I’d concentrate on each game as it came and that’s all I’ve done today,” Kidney said earlier. “I wasn’t thinking that this could be my last match as coach. All I was concentrating on was just getting the win. I wanted to get a result today; we didn’t manage to do that and we’ll reflect on it over the coming days and weeks.
“I’d have to sit down and think about whether I want a new contract,” he added. “These guys are a pleasure to work with, but beyond that I’d have to sit back and think about it.”
He added on RTÉ that negotiations with the IRFU happen in the weeks after a championship and we’ll reflect in the coming days.
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