Henry only interested in part-time role in Europe
November 19, 2011
Henry stepped down from the All Blacks' post following their Rugby World Cup triumph © Getty Images
Former New Zealand head coach Graham Henry has confirmed his desire to work in Europe on a part-time basis but insists he is only interested in an advisory role.
The 65-year-old, who stepped down from the All Blacks following their recent Rugby World Cup triumph, has been linked with the vacant England job following the departure of Martin Johnson but it is increasingly clear that Henry is not looking for such a hands-on role.
Henry, who will coach the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham later this month, wants to remain in the game but he said he could only offer his services to a European side for a limited time. "It has been manic since the World Cup," he told the Western Mail. "I want an involvement in the game, mainly in an advisory capacity. Hopefully some people think that might be beneficial to their particular situation.
"I'd like to spend some time in Europe but I want to live in New Zealand. Our kids are there and we have five grandchildren. I think it is important we are there. I can see myself being in this part of the world for perhaps 10 weeks a year. I'd like to be able to contribute and enjoy that contribution. Hopefully it may be beneficial to a club in this part of the world."
Asked about further reports suggesting he could link up with the Cardiff Blues, Henry said: "I think that is a bit of a long shot. I don't know what will happen in the future quite frankly. Since the World Cup there has been a lot happening. I'm employed until March 31 next year and hopefully in that time I can get myself organised."
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