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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 13:14 GMT
Tigers deny Johnson job 'offer'
Wales skills coach Scott Johnson
Johnson is under contract with Wales until next year's Six Nations
Leicester have strenuously denied a report in a Welsh newspaper that Scott Johnson is set to be offered 300,000 a year to become their next coach.

A Tigers spokesperson told BBC Sport that Wales skills coach Johnson is one of three candidates being considered.

Ex-Sale coach Jim Mallinder and former Italy coach John Kirwan have also been interviewed for the post which becomes vacant when Pat Howard leaves in May.

Johnson said last week he is set to start negotiating a new Wales contract.

The 43-year-old Aussie also been linked with the vacant coaching job with Australia, but the Welsh Rugby Union is confident he will be staying with the Six Nations champions.

Said Wales team manager Alan Phillips: "I had a good chat with Scott this week and I'm fairly confident we'll hang on to him.

"The love affair he has with the Wales rugby team and the Welsh people in quite huge.

"That will have a big say [in his future], I've got no doubt about that."

Leicester said a decision on a replacement for Howard will be made "as soon as possible".

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