Former Ireland Boss Joe Schmidt Linked With Shock Coaching Role

Wanted man.

Former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is currently taking a break from rugby following his departure after the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year.

Schmidt spent six years with Ireland, guiding them to three Six Nations championships, including a Grand Slam, and also spent three seasons with Leinster before that, guiding them to two European Cups.

But what next for the New Zealander? Well, according to reports in France, Schmidt is being lined up for a role with Bath in the Gallagher Premiership next season.

Midi Olympique are reporting that the west country club are chasing Schmidt for a role that would see him link up with former Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey.

Speaking on the Late Late Show last November, Schmidt said a return to rugby is inevitable.

“The next eight months we’re just going to get Luke through to the end of the school year,” Schmidt said.

“He’s doing his transition year and it’s a transition period for me as well. We’ll see how that works out for him and then we’ll make a decision from there as to what we do and where we go.

“I’m not, unfortunately in some ways, a soccer coach so it’s not like I can retire permanently. I’m going to have to go back to work at some stage.

“In eight months time we’ll have used up a few resources and I’ll have to get back out and have a look…I mean there’s been some neat opportunities come up just in the last five weeks.

“There were two job offers on my phone when I got back to the hotel – it’s those sort of things that give you a bit of confidence that there’s something else you can go on and do.