Highlanders assistant coach Tony Brown has said that taking over from Jamie Joseph is not currently on his mind ahead of the new season.
Joseph, who guided the Highlanders to a maiden Super Rugby title last year, has agreed to become the next head coach of Japan.
Brown has built an impressive reputation in Dunedin and looks to be an obvious candidate for the role, even if for now his focus is on the team.
"I haven't really thought about that at this stage, so we'll just see how it pans out over the next six months," Brown told Stuff.
"My role as attack coach and assistant coach is one I enjoy and I'll just focus on that and see what happens."
Part of the Highlanders pre-season includes a trip to Hong Kong to play Top 14 leaders Racing 92 – a different challenge for Brown and the coaching staff.
"It adds a different spin to the pre-season, normally we head to Oamaru or Timaru for a game so going to Hong Kong is pretty exciting for the team and a different challenge which I think the boys are keen for," Brown added.
"We'll get a chance to get together as a team and have a bit of fun and then we'll get down to business and prepare as well as we can to take on Racing 92."