With the recent departure of Rob Penney, rumors about a possible return of Michael Cheika they did not take long to appear. The 54-year-old coach, who became a Super Rugby champion with the franchise in 2014, posed as one of the main options for Waratahs.
However, the rumor of this possible reunion between the 54-year-old coach and Waratahs was quickly silenced by the protagonist himself. Cheika explained that at the moment he does not feel that it is time to return to manage his old club. “This is not the time for me to lead the Waratahs again. It’s a bit early and, from the national side, I don’t think they need me in that position right now ”.
Despite not considering himself ready for the coaching position, Cheika continues to collaborate with the franchise. The former coach of the Australian national team often advises Paul Doorn, manager of Waratahs, to help with the development of the franchise. “I only mention a couple of things that I lived in the past and that have worked for us in the past,” said Cheika.
“I believe that the best thing for NSW Rugby is to look for someone who can fill the position in the long term and not looking to go elsewhere,” revealed the former Waratahs coach. For Cheika, whoever occupies the position has to know the environment and commit to taking the franchise to the top.