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Mike Tindall admits his Gloucester future is up in the air

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

Mike Tindall admits his Gloucester future is up in the air

MIKE Tindall admits his future at Gloucester has been thrown up in the air following last week’s sacking of Nigel Davies.

The former England centre was in negotiations with the departed director of rugby to become Gloucester’s full-time backs coach and hinted that he had played his last game at Kingsholm.

Tindall had been keen to continue playing for one more season with the Cherry and Whites, and has not ruled out that possibility, but Davies wanted the World Cup winner to dedicate his full attention to coaching.

But his future at the club is now unclear and he has been forced to play a waiting game as the search for Davies’ successor continues.

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Tindall said: “The discussion I had with Nigel was that I wanted to play another year and do the same role basically.

“What Nigel thought was best for the club was for me to stop playing and concentrate on coaching.

“So, that was where we were when things changed and Nigel left. So, I am sort of in limbo. If the new guy comes in and says 'I don't want you to coach, I want you to play for another year', I would do that.

“But if he came in and said I want you to just coach, I would have that discussion too. I would also be open to talking about a similar role to the one I have had which is combining the two.

“The only certainty at the moment is that Nigel's departure has put everything up in the air. It's almost put me back to where we were two years ago, before Nigel came in.”

Tindall now admits he might be forced to look into other opportunities in rugby but he has vowed that he will not play for another club. He is instead eyeing some punditry work as he continues to bide his time.

“What it means, therefore, is that I have probably got to go and look at other stuff. That doesn't mean playing elsewhere, because I wouldn't go and play for another club.

“Maybe I can go off and look at doing some media stuff and look at some games Down Under and have a little look at what else might be out there that also fits in with my family life.

“Then, I can make a decision when Gloucester get the new guy in. I know they want to make it as fast as possible, in terms of appointing, but the process means it could be at least four weeks down the line.”

Tindall has made 181 appearances since joining the Cherry and Whites in 2005. He was presented with a signed jersey, along with the departing players, at the club’s end of season awards dinner last week.

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