After Ireland recorded another impressive 57-14 defeat of the USA this evening in Dublin, Joe Schmidt spoke to RTÉ about a wonderful Autumn, the excitement of the forthcoming World Cup, and what his future in rugby is likely to look like.
Primed to reveal whether or not he is due to stay in charge of Ireland early next week, Schmidt was understandably probed for any hints regarding what his decision may be.
Although every fan of Irish rugby would prefer for the Kiwi coach to remain in charge of Ireland, his demeanor in this afternoon's post-match comments would appear to suggest that he is not leaning this way.
Asked whether his decision was made, Schmidt leaned toward the idea that, if not quite 100%, a conclusion had been reached.
"Ya, look, it's very close," Schmidt admitted.
"I'm going to take some time tomorrow, because, as I said, it's been a really busy week."
Asked if he could reveal any hints, Joe Schmidt remained coy.
"Ya, look, em, ya ... I guess on Monday, ya, we'll make a decision," Schmidt reaffirmed, before stating that he had no intention of "mucking anyone around."
Although the former Leinster head coach could yet surprise the Irish fans, a look at tonight's interview would suggest that Joe Schmidt is preparing for his departure.
You can watch the entirety of the interview below.
"Contenders, what does that tangibly mean?" - Joe Schmidt talks World Cup hopes and says he'll make a decision on his future on Monday pic.twitter.com/9rdmc0yarE
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