Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards has no interest in returning to Leicester Tigers following Richard Cockerill’s exit.
The Falcons are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent memory, momentarily rising as high as sixth in the table last weekend after avoiding relegation the season before.
Richards spent many years at Leicester and won back-to-back Heineken Cups in charge of the side in the early 2000s, before stints with Grenoble and Harlequins.
Success at Newcastle has been a long time coming but the Falcons director of rugby insists that he hasn’t lost his appetite for winning, something he hopes to continue doing in the north east.
“I have ambitions still myself, am competitive and have that desire to win,” Richards told the Daily Telegraph.
“You never lose that instinct, and it has been great to rekindle things here at Newcastle.
“As for Leicester, I’ve seen what has happened to Richard [Cockerill], and even though he has had longevity in that job, a board gets impatient for success.
“But Leicester is not in my mind at all. I have no interest. I am very happy where I am.”