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Lineen backing guarded Robinson

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Interview - Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen

Andy Robinson has yet to confirm his interest in the Scotland job but Sean Lineen thinks he is the right man for the vacant head coach role.

"Andy Robinson is doing an outstanding job at the moment with Edinburgh," the Glasgow coach told BBC Scotland.

"We've got someone in our back yard who's a World Cup winner and you can't get higher than that."

But all Robinson would say was: "The deadline is 20 April and I won't be making any comment until I have news."

Robinson, who has been with Edinburgh for 18 months, added: "There's still a lot for me to go through. I can't suddenly turn round here and say, 'Yes I am applying, or no I'm not applying'.

"Having been an England coach, there's a lot that you need to go through to make sure that the whole planning is right in your mind when you apply.

"There's no point applying and then thinking, 'I've got to do the planning for this now'.

I've still got a long way to go and I'm working hard, learning with Glasgow

Sean Lineen

"It should all be sorted out in your mind before you apply for the role, and that whole planning is important to me.

"I like it to be fully structured and to be written out and there's a bit more time to go yet."

Lineen, capped 29 times for Scotland, wants to concentrate on his career with Glasgow and believes his younger Edinburgh counterpart is better suited to international rugby.

With Robinson reluctant to reveal his hand, Lineen was pressed on whether or not he would take the job if he was approached.

"Obviously, I couldn't turn it down," was his answer. "I'm very proud to be involved in Scottish rugby and was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time as a player to play for Scotland.

"I'm a big fan of Scottish rugby; but I think there's someone there and the SRU know that."

Earlier, Lineen gushed with praise for former England coach Robinson, saying: "He's great; he's very hands on.

"He knows a lot about the game, is very, very enthusiastic and passionate about rugby and about his team - whatever it is - winning."

New Zealand-born former centre Lineen has partnered Robinson in coaching the Scotland A team and the pair assisted Hadden on the summer tour to Argentina.

Now in his third season with Glasgow, Lineen went on to reveal that he has ambitions to manage at international level.

Asked when that might be, the 47-year-old said: "I'll know.

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"And it's up to me to force the issue and make sure that I'm in the frame.

"But, at the moment, you look at where we are and you look at where Scotland is and there's a candidate there.

"You look at where you are in the coaching spectrum and I'm still learning.

"When you look at other candidates, what they are and what the Scotland team needs at the moment, it's not me and I think I need to concentrate on Glasgow."

Robinson, who was part of the England set-up which won the 2003 World Cup, did not fare well when he took over the top job.

But the 45-year-old has shown enough in his time at Edinburgh to make him a strong front-runner for the Scotland post.

Lineen also ruled out becoming Robinson's right-hand man should the Englishman get the job.

He said: "I think Andy's got his own ideas of what he wants to do if he does apply for it."



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see also
Logan backs Robinson for Scotland
07 Apr 09 |  Rugby Union
Robinson unsure on Scots vacancy
04 Apr 09 |  Scottish
Telfer questions Robinson clamour
03 Apr 09 |  Scottish
Hadden and Scotland part company
02 Apr 09 |  Scottish


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