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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 January, 2005, 11:59 GMT
Johnson cool over coaching plans
Martin Johnson
England's World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson insists he has no immediate plans to enter coaching when he retires at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old quit Test rugby at the end of 2003 and will stop playing for Leicester Tigers in June.

"I'll make a decision when I've had a bit of time off to reflect," he told Five Live Sportsweek.

"But right now I've got no ambitions to coach full time anywhere, let alone at international level."

Johnson won 84 England caps and will play his final match at lock for Leicester in his testimonial at Twickenham on 4 June.

But he admitted that despite a glittering career, he might not be cut out to become a coach.

"I've been very fortunate and had a lot of great experiences, and it would be a bit selfish not to pass those on to people who want to listen," he said.

"Whether that's on an ad-hoc basis with a junior team or full-time in the Premiership or at another level I don't know, we'll see when I've had a bit of time to think about it.

"But that's presuming someone wants me to coach their team. I've got no experience and no track record as a coach."

And Johnson dismissed suggestions that he could waltz straight into the England coaching set-up.

"You have to learn your trade a little bit first," he said.

"If I took up coaching and enjoyed it and wanted to be the best I could, then that would be the ultimate thing to do.

"But you can't even start thinking about the higher level until you get involved at some level."





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