Kidney to consider future

17th Mar 2013, 00:03

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Uncertain future: Declan Kidney

Uncertain future: Declan Kidney

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney has stated that he will consider his future over the next few weeks, after falling to defeat Italy on Saturday.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has stated that he will consider his future over the next few weeks, after falling to defeat Italy.

Kidney has been under considerable pressure since Ireland's victory over Wales in Cardiff at the beginning of the Championship, drawing with France and losing to England, Scotland and Italy.

"I said all along that I'd concentrate on each game as it came and that's all I've done today," said Kidney.

"I wasn't thinking that this could be my last match as coach, all I was concentrating on was getting the win.

"I wanted to get a result out of today, we didn't manage to do that and we'll reflect on it over the coming days and weeks.

"I'd have to sit down and think about whether I want a new contract. These guys are a pleasure to work with, but beyond that I'd have to sit back and think about it."

Kidney also praised veteran centre Brian O'Driscoll, with the former Ireland captain's future unclear moving forward.

"Brian has had a strong Six Nations given everything that has been going on for him," added Kidney.

"He was outstanding against Wales and had a good match against France. I thought he did well today too.

"He's earned the space and time to be able to make up his own mind. Players are the only ones who know when the time is right to go."