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Some fans not convinced by Gatland's 'I won't coach England' vow

Ever since it was announced that Warren Gatland would be leaving his post as head coach of Wales after the World Cup later this year, his next destination has always been a topic of discussion.

The New Zealander will be one of the most in-demand coaches on the planet, particularly after guiding Wales to their third Grand Slam under him earlier this year.

He had been hotly tipped to take over from Eddie Jones after the World Cup, should the Australian leave. However, after being revealed as the British and Irish Lions coach for the 2021 tour to South Africa, Gatland ruled himself out of contention with England.

Speaking with talkSPORT, the former Wasps boss told the Welsh fans “categorically” that he will not be coaching England.

However, some fans on Twitter are less convinced by this statement from Gatland and think it is impossible to rule anything out completely.

The financial power that the Rugby Football Union has will always mean that Gatland could be tempted to take over England at some point. After all, they did what it took to lure Eddie Jones to the role after the 2015 World Cup when he was due to take over the Stormers.

Gatland is also renowned for his mind games, which some feel could still make him a candidate. He is still Wales’ coach, and the last thing the players or the nation would want leading into a World Cup is their coach suggesting he will move to their greatest rivals.

Therefore, for the sake of his team, Gatland’s statement on Wednesday was a wise choice even if it has not convinced everyone. This is what has been said:

It does seem likely that if Gatland were to take over England, it would probably not be after this World Cup as he is likely to take another year out in preparation of the Lions series.

However, the prospect of him taking charge after 2023 is not beyond the realms of possibility despite his comment at his latest Lions unveiling in London.

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Some fans not convinced by Gatland's 'I won't coach England' vow