Six Nations 2013: Interim Wales coach Howley happy with job clarity

Six Nations 2013: Interim Wales coach Rob Howley says he is in full charge of their title defence, with Warren Gatland stepping back

rob howley
Rob Howley is the interim Wales head coach Photo: National Assembly For Wales

rob howley

Rob Howley has insisted any job uncertainty that compromised the autumn international campaign is a thing of the past heading into Wales’ Six Nations defence.

Interim boss Howley shared responsibilities with Warren Gatland during the autumn, with the pair taking charge of two games each.

With Wales slipping to four consecutive defeats, Howley admitted at Wednesday’s Six Nations launch in London that the waters had become muddied during the autumn.

However, Howley is adamant there will be no such blurred boundaries in the coming weeks ahead of the first game of their title defence against Ireland on 2 February,

Gatland is now in charge solely of the British and Irish Lions, and Howley is confident there should be no issues surrounding his leadership.

“There is clarity now,” said Howley. “I spoke to Warren post-autumn about compromising the two weeks I was in charge and the two weeks Warren was in charge.

“I think clarity is important from the players’ perspective.

“He will be watching other teams training so he is not going to be involved with us in terms of training or selection so the clarity from the coaching team to the players is very evident.

“It is a challenge I am looking forward to. I’m just looking forward to making that call really.

“It was difficult in terms of the autumn as you are always communicating with Warren in terms of the bigger picture. I was conscious of being interim head coach.

“I needed to let Warren Gatland know about the decision-making process in terms of selection as he is head coach.

“Short-term, long-term, any decision were discussed with Warren.

For clarity moving forward in the Six Nations, it is with me. It feels very different for me this time.

“Now, with Warren being in charge of the Lions and the need for transparency, it is only right that Warren steps away. He will not be involved.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand sends message to Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s 3-1 win at Southampton
Michael Owen
Michael Owen explains difference between Man United and Liverpool FC
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Wolves
Mikel Arteta
Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Southampton v Arsenal
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Southampton v Arsenal
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand sends message to Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s 3-1 win at Southampton
Michael Owen
Michael Owen explains difference between Man United and Liverpool FC
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Wolves
Mikel Arteta
Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Southampton v Arsenal
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Southampton v Arsenal
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature