Welsh Rugby
Gatland's Wales future to be decided
September 6, 2010
Wales coach Warren Gatland pictured at Twickenham, England v Wales, Six Nations, Twickenham, England, February 6, 2010
Warren Gatland's Wales future is set to be decided © Getty Images

Wales coach Warren Gatland expects to have made a decision on his future within a month.

The New Zealander's contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) expires following next year's Rugby World Cup but chief executive Roger Lewis has been forthright in his attempts to broker an extension.

After taking over as Wales boss in the wake of their disastrous showing at the 2007 World Cup, Gatland oversaw a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2008 as well as an autumn victory over Australia. While his side have not scaled such heights since, he remains a coach in demand.

He has been linked with the Chiefs Super 15 franchise following Ian Foster's decision to step down prior to the 2012 tournament and has also been mentioned in the same breath as the All Blacks' job following Graham Henry's latest tilt at the Webb Ellis Cup.

"It's only fair for everyone that I make the decision over the next month," Gatland told BBC sport's Scrum V. "There have been a lot of talks with Roger about a possible extension.

"I have to weigh it up with family pressure to return to New Zealand where they're quite keen to have their Dad home. But I have to say I've loved my time here, it's been fantastic. Testing at times and challenging, but that's part of international rugby. There's a big part of me that wants to stay."

In November Gatland will again search for a major scalp, with New Zealand, South Africa and Australia all travelling to the Millennium Stadium. Wales have won just three of their last 10 Tests and under Gatland have just a single win over Tri-Nations opposition.

© Scrum.com

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