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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 13:02 GMT
Johnson 'did not covet' Wales job
Scott Johnson
Johnson has been tipped to return to Australia
Wales caretaker coach Scott Johnson says he had no desire to take the job before Mike Ruddock left.

The Australian, a favourite with the players, has been placed in temporary charge for the rest of the Six Nations.

With rumours abounding that player power caused Ruddock's exit, Johnson was keen to stress he had stepped into the breach for the good of the team.

"It's not a job I coveted, it landed in my lap; it was appropriate for the team that I took it on," said Johnson.

I've never had an argument with Mike Ruddock over the direction of the team.
Scott Johnson

"I can only take Mike at his word that he left for family reasons as I haven't had chance to talk to him yet, but I can fully understand those stresses.

"The reasons may be unbelievable to outsiders, but they don't see the demands of international coaching.

"There's no longevity in this business and nothing surprises me in it.

"I have a very good relationship with Mike and he's a lovely human being, we never had an argument over the direction of the team."

Johnson, who has been part of the Wales set-up as skills coach since February 2001, has been heavily-linked with a job in the Wallabies team and his future beyond the Six Nations is in doubt.

Australia's high performance director, Peter Davis, admitted on Tuesday that Johnson had been considered for the Wallabies assistant coaching job.

Head coach has to be the next step for Scott, and I think he'll be tempted by that opportunity
Ex-WRU boss David Moffett

"His name has been listed, but I'm not going to talk about where we are at with discussions with anybody," said Davis.

"We're talking to a number of people and we don't have a timeline on it."

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Lewis said that Johnson would like to stay involved with Welsh rugby but that his family considerations would take precedence.

The coach himself says Ruddock's resignation will not change a decision he has yet to make public and that he will not discuss at this time.

I treat coaching no differently to parenting
Scott Johnson

But David Moffett, who left as WRU group chief executive at the end of 2005, feels that the lure of a head coach's job could persuade Johnson to stay in Wales.

"The step up to be a head coach has to be the next one for Scott, and I think he'll be tempted by that opportunity," Moffett told BBC Sport Wales.

"But family matters come into it and only Scott will know his situation."

Johnson feels confident he will make his mark on a squad who have clearly asserted their independent spirit.

"I treat coaching no differently to parenting, if someone deserves a clip they'll get it," said Johnson.

"I'm not afraid of opinions, I encourage them, but I'll be looking to sell mine and will get the ship sailing in my way as best I can."




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