Big name turns down Blues job

Yahoo! New Zealand Sport May 2, 2012, 3:09 pm

Wayne Smith may have turned down the offer to join England’s national setup, but he has also dismissed a prospective move to the troubled Blues.

The in-demand coach, who joined the currently high-flying Chiefs coaching set up after helping lead the All Blacks to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, has revealed his is not keen on moving from the Waikato based franchise because he hasn't achieved anything there yet.

Smith turned down an offer to join Stuart Lancaster's England, citing he was not comfortable helping a team to face the All Blacks, he also wants to remain close to his parents.

Along with the England job, Smith had been mooted as a replacement for Pat Lam whose Blues side has managed just one win in the new Super Rugby season.

And while the 55-year-old wouldn't rule out a move to the Blues in the future, he told Radio Sport he was currently committed to 'creating something special' at the Chiefs.

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  1. Evan10:01am Saturday 19th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Can not see why Pat Lam gets the blame. It is the players that keep doing stupid things like intercept passes, knock ons, stpid kicks and giving many penalties away. This is not a very strong team this year considering all their injuries as well.

  2. Bruce212:31pm Thursday 10th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    they are called the blues, because thats what they give their coaches.

  3. victa02:38pm Monday 07th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I cannot understand why the discomfort in beating the ABs? It will not be an embarrasment but an honour because it may prove that coach's ability and ranking. The AB's always the team to beat and to do it is gutful brilliance. The Blue's management should all be sacked now before end of season...bring Kirwin or someone else to use the rest of the season to improve the Blue's image and get familiar for next year.

  4. john07:02pm Saturday 05th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I don't really think the problems at the Blues are as complicated as a lot of people seem to think they are (The Board, the management, the talent identification, the acadamies) and on and on it goes. The Highlanders, Chiefs and Hurricanes have all been in dire straits in recent seasons and it was, in each case, fixed pretty easily. A no-nonsense coach who has brought in some carefully identified players and put an end to Player Power. Sorry Pat, time to move.

  5. John hamm03:12pm Friday 04th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    why not get John Banks for the job

  6. Pieman02:33pm Friday 04th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Why has nobody put Craig Dowds name in the hat, he's a genuine hard arse, too tough for the North Harbour fairys, but has heaps of experience and could be the Blues Dave Rennie. But the fittness would have to improve up to the level of other franchise's.

  7. 06:42am Thursday 03rd May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    good on you Smith. Too many like Coutts would not have had the integrity to turn down the money . Well done.

  8. RCreturns12:55am Thursday 03rd May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Of course Smith is not interested, who the hell in their right mind would want to taint their reputation by being tied to the train wreck that is the Blues? That clueless fool Dalton and his appointed coach Lam have done a terrific job of making this franchise a pariah that no sane coach would touch with it's apathetic players, culture of failure, miserable crowds, idiotic board, unopposed player drain, inability to recruit or retain exciting young NZ talent- a disgraceful mess run by clowns.

  9. GEOFFREY08:22pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Who would want to hop on board a sinking ship. No commander will save her especially with the dysfunctional attitude that prevails in the Million Dollar Team and management. They also have an attitude problem and compare themselves as the greatest outfit in the land .....Yeah right!

  10. Hammie08:04pm Wednesday 02nd May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Yup beacause John Kirwan is ideal to pull a team out of a depression he been through it all ready


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