Ireland and Munster legend Paul O’Connell has ruled himself out of taking over the reins from Johann van Graan as the Irish province’s head coach at the end of this season.
O’Connell, who is Ireland’s forwards coach, believes he would have to be fully “qualified” if he ever took on the role.
The former captain of Munster joins La Rochelle coach Ronan O’Gara in the list of legends to rule out returning to the province in a coaching capacity.
“Well, look, I won’t be doing it,” O’Connell told the 2 Johnnies podcast about the vacancy which arises when Van Graan departs to coach Bath.
“I wouldn’t be qualified to do it. I was saying the other day, it’s like a guy if you were good at pulling pints being asked to run the bar! They’re two different things.
“Munster is a very special thing to me. I’d have to feel very right and very qualified to go and do it.
“I just have the most amazing memories with Munster and I’d hate to ever hurt them by getting involved and not doing a good job of it.”
The former second-row admitted he did not know how the Munster coaching team would be structured next season, with senior coach Stephen Larkham also leaving the province in favour of a return to Australia.
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