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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006, 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK
Woodward keeps his options open
Sir Clive Woodward looks on during a Southampton match
Woodward is currently director of football at Southampton
Sir Clive Woodward has refused to rule out a return to the England rugby union set-up from football.

England's Rugby World Cup-winning coach is currently director of football at Championship club Southampton.

But he has been linked with the newly created post of elite director of rugby at the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "If the RFU are considering me I'd have to make a big decision, because I really am enjoying my time in football."

While he did not rule out a return to the code which launched his career, he added: "It's pure speculation.

"There's lots of names being bandied round and my name's bandied round with the rest of them.

"If I'm considered I'll discuss it with the appropriate people at the appropriate time.

"I've heard nothing from people at Twickenham."

I've moved on from the rugby world
Sir Clive Woodward

Woodward, who was speaking to Five Live's Sportsweek programme, admitted the RFU post was attractive but insisted he was still focused on succeeding in the round-ball game.

"It is a lovely job they have created for the right person," he said.

"But I'm enjoying my time in football. It's going really well and I didn't come into football lightly.

"It was a big decision to leave Twickenham. I've got no regrets about moving to football and I really do feel I can make my mark.

"I've tried to be patient. I'm doing all the right things to support the club and support George Burley.

"One day I'd like to manage a football club. That's my aim and I'm still looking forward to doing that."

When Woodward quit as England rugby boss he was hugely critical of the structure of the English game.

Asked if he thought that the RFU probably now agreed with his views he said: "I've not even thought about it - I've moved on from the rugby world.

"I think they'd have looked at their results in the last two or three years and they've now reacted.

"I think the changes they've made are fundamentally right, but it's about getting the right people.

"If you've got the right people doing the right jobs you tend to be successful."

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