Shaun Edwards has told talkSPORT he will offer clarity on his uncertain future in the coming days, after revealing he hasn’t signed a contract with Wigan Warriors.
The Super League club announced in August that Edwards, their former player, would become head coach in 2020 when his current role as Wales defence coach comes to an end.
However, after helping Wales win the Six Nations Grand Slam on Saturday, the former scrum-half claimed he will be unemployed after the World Cup this summer – because the Warriors failed to finalise his return to rugby league.
Edwards would subsequently become available for a role in the England set-up, which he has been linked to alongside Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
Wigan, clearly stunned by Edwards’ comments, declared their intention to speak with him as a matter of urgency, and the Englishman today offered some clarity on talkSPORT.
“I’m going to speak to Wigan over the next few days,” he told Jim White.
“I’ve not signed a contract and I’ve been conversing with the chairman and there’ll be a statement in the next few days.”
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He added: “I need to come down to Earth.
“It’s like having five Challenge Cup finals on the bounce being in the Six Nations because of the size of the crowds and the interest in the games.
“I need time to think and evaluate the situation.”
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Gatland is the leading candidate to coach the British and Irish Lions on their tour to South Africa in 2021 – and rumours suggest Edwards could join him.
While Edwards was keen to dodge any questions on his future, he hailed Gatland as one of the best coaches in world sport.
“His coaching on this [Six Nations] campaign has been absolutely off the radar, it’s been magnificent,” Edwards continued.
“He’s not only one of the best coaches in world rugby, he’s one of the best coaches in world sport.
“For myself, it was pretty important as well because it was my 50th winners’ medal – 36 in rugby league and now 14 in rugby union.
“But Warren’s leadership has been an absolute A-to-Z of how to lead competitors.”