Scarlets near naming new head coach, says Wales-bound Wayne Pivac
Wayne Pivac says Scarlets will likely be ready to announce his successor as head coach within the coming weeks.
The 56-year-old was named as Wales head coach Warren Gatland’s substitute in July 2018, greater than a yr earlier than he takes cost.
Pivac says Scarlets need an skilled head coach which might rule out present assistant Stephen Jones who’s in line to affix the brand new Wales set-up.
New Zealander Paul Feeney has additionally been linked with the Scarlets function.
“They won’t need to go away it late,” mentioned Pivac.
“They are going to need to get it carried out so it’s not a distraction to anyone and we transfer on.
“The membership have spoken to numerous potential candidates and have gotten a listing of high quality individuals.
“It will not be an excessive amount of longer earlier than we will likely be ready to announce one thing.”
Pivac will go away his Scarlets function on the finish of the 2018/19 season and says he has performed a task within the recruitment course of however the identification of the brand new head coach won’t be his last resolution.
“I do know plenty of the coaches and make a number of cellphone calls and get data which helps to throw into the combination,” he mentioned.
“Finally it will likely be a membership resolution, though they are going to get my suggestions.”
Pivac says the Scarlets have checked out recruiting one other New Zealander.
“All people would take a look there (New Zealand) and see what is on the market and if it suits what you might be on the lookout for,” added Pivac.
“There are coaches which were spoken to which might be outdoors of that space as nicely.”
His present assistant Stephen Jones is tipped to affix Pivac’s Wales backroom workers and his lack of head coach expertise might rely in opposition to him turning into the brand new Scarlets boss.
“The membership have made it clear they’re on the lookout for somebody with a confirmed monitor report of efficiency and successful,” mentioned Pivac.
“That narrows the sector till you get a worthwhile variety of coaches to interview. That’s the place they’re at.”
‘Feeney a wonderful coach’
Feeney, at present assistant coach at Tremendous Rugby outfit Stormers in South Africa, labored with Pivac at Fiji and Auckland.
He’s out of contract in 2019 and frolicked on the Scarlets earlier this month.
“He got here to us on a coach improvement train to see how we do issues,” mentioned Pivac.
“He was right here to take a look however he’s a coach who’s coming off contract on the finish of the yr.
“We all know one another and I do know what he can and might’t do. He is a wonderful coach.”