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Irish Fans May Not Like Shane Horgan's Comments On Joe Schmidt's Future

Irish Fans May Not Like Shane Horgan's Comments On Joe Schmidt's Future
By Sam Moore Updated

Before the Argentina game, Joe Schmidt had to dismiss rumours linking him to the English job and we were all thoroughly satisfied with that.

However, at the start of this week, fresh reports emerged from Midi Olympique that the RFU was going to offer Schmidt roughly £1.5 million to try and entice him away from the Irish set-up.

Many Irish fans would presume that what the French publication was reporting was just mere tabloid speculation. However, Shane Horgan has waded into this debate and said that this may not be the last you'll hear of this talk.

Horgan, who was speaking on Second Captains, was quick to highlight that although Schmidt did comprehensively deny any interest in chasing Lancaster's job that was said while Lancaster still had his role. This is something that Horgan almost guarantees won't be the case in the coming weeks.

All of a sudden, there is a vacant position to coach an English team that has the most financial muscle of any international team in the world. It is probably the most sought-after job in rugby, second only to the All Blacks.

The former Leinster and Irish winger would be very disappointed if the New Zealander left but also believes that it would be a smart move for Schmidt. Speaking hypothetically, Horgan said if he was in Schmidt shoes he wouldn't find it very difficult to jump ship because, in his view, the English have a bones of a very good side and that the move would be hugely profitable for Joe.

Even if we are out of the World Cup and the love for everything he's brought to Irish has died down to a certain degree, it's still a horrible thought.

[Second Captains]

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