Gatland rules out 3rd stint as British and Irish Lions coach
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Warren Gatland says he does not want to coach the British and Irish Lions for a third time.
Gatland led the Lions to a series victory in Australia in 2013, and a drawn series against New Zealand at the end of a punishing 10-match tour this year.
Asked if he wanted to coach the touring side in South Africa in 2021, Gatland says “I wouldn’t subject myself to that. What I’ve learned from my Lions’ experiences is how difficult it is to put some continuity together in terms of people and staff, and the lack of preparation time. Let someone else do it.”
In quotes carried by British newspapers on Tuesday, the Wales coach said he “hated” this year’s tour because of the “press and the negativity in New Zealand.”