Lam coy on Bath link

Date published: May 18 2016

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Connacht head coach Pat Lam has revealed that his contract includes clauses which allows him to leave his position before his current deal ends in 2018.

Lam said, however, he is happy in his role at the Irish province, following speculation that he is in line to replace Mike Ford, who was recently fired, at Bath.

Former Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer is viewed as a frontrunner to replace Ford but according to a Telegraph report, Lam is viewed as a "strong contender" to take over the reins at the Premiership club.

"I’m in a job and that’s why I admire all head coaches,” Lam told The42.ie

"It’s a tough job because we get scrutinised for everything and a lot of people don’t know what we do during the week. It’s outcome-based.

"I also realise that it’s a fickle job. When I got sacked by the Blues, I remember coming home and telling some mates, 'Jeez, I’ve got great news. I’ve finally joined a lot of top coaches who’ve been sacked.' It was one thing that hadn’t happened to me, so it was good.

"That’s the professional game. It happened to me as a player when Newcastle sold me to Northampton. At the time, I wasn’t happy about it but it was a blessing in disguise because Ian McGeechan bought me and I learnt a lot from him.

"My outlook is that there’s two types of job in the world. There’s the jobs you have to do and there’s the jobs you love to do. Sometimes you have to do the jobs you have to do to finally do the jobs you love to do.

"Just make sure you finish your life you love to do and I’m fortunate enough to be doing a job I love to do. Where that would be, I totally understand that I’ve got two more years here.

"I know there’s clauses and all that sort of stuff, but ultimately if I look too far ahead you’ve all sorts going on in front. Mate, we’re in a fickle job, it’s professional rugby and you don’t know what’s around the corner."

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