Gibson wants top job at Waratahs

Date published: November 20 2014

Waratahs assistant coach Darryl Gibson has indicated that he wants to succeed Michael Cheika as the Sydneysiders’ head coach.

Waratahs assistant coach Darryl Gibson has indicated that he wants to succeed Michael Cheika as the Sydney-based franchise’s head coach after the 2015 Super Rugby season.

The former All Blacks centre joined the Waratahs as their back-line coach at the start of 2013 and is currently overseeing their pre-season training programme while Cheika is coaching the Wallabies on their end-of-year tour in Europe.

Cheika is currently contracted to the Waratahs until the end of 2015, and will retain that position for 2015 only while coaching the Wallabies.

“At some stage I’d like to be head coach and, if that’s here, then that’s great,” Gibson told AAP.

With Cheika relinquishing his role at the end of the upcoming Super Rugby campaign Waratahs captain Dave Dennis believes Gibson and defence coach Nathan Grey – who is currently doing a similar role on tour with the Wallabies – will take on more responsibilities at the Waratahs.

“They demonstrated this year they are more than capable,” said Dennis.

“Different personalities – Greysy and Daryl – but both more than capable of taking on a head coaching role if that came up in the future.

“I think you’ll hear a bit more of them in terms of their on-field presence and the way they run the team and maybe allow Cheik to have a bit more of a manager role.”

Dennis is not concerned about Cheika’s decision to coach both the Waratahs and the Wallabies.

“I think he can do both,” he added.

“The beauty of Cheika and his strength as a coach is getting his work-life balance right to start with.

“He’s managed to do that. He’s obviously got four kids and he tends to get a balance working hard and having a bit of a break and I think he’ll set clear parameters around his involvements with the Wallabies and his involvement with the Waratahs.

“And also it’s very much up to the players to drive the standards here. We can’t rely on him too much.”