In fairness to Paul (I feel dirty now), I don't think he ever stated there was a clash between the too, just the above that Schmidt wouldn't work with Robertson at that stage out of loyalty to Foster:Thanks. I don't recall seeing that article before, but doesn't surprise me that smooth brain Gregor Paul seems to be the fundamental source.
It does sound like he was doing the podcast rounds at that point though, so it's very easy for something like to that morph into something different when everyone is relying on memory of spoken reference not quickly checked"My understanding is that Joe said he felt very uncomfortable about doing it because his loyalty was to Ian Foster. He didn't really like being asked to go and talk to another potential head coach while he was working with the incumbent," says Paul.
Schmidt came in as he friends with Foster, and Foster (and NZR) had tried to get him in setup straight after 2019 WC, Foster reckons it was Schmidt's wife that convinced hin in end.Thanks. I don't recall seeing that article before, but doesn't surprise me that smooth brain Gregor Paul seems to be the fundamental source.
Yep but they can't take ot to Wellington (or any other stadiums of reasonable size) either, the Women's soccer club has all the venues. They not allowed to play in any of them for a month before the WC.Imagine sending 50% of your home games for the year to Penrose. There's literally nothing of value between the Fijian dessert shop at the edge of Onehunga and Sylvia Park. Just take it out of Auckland. The world won't end if there's no test match there for one year.
Could it be he's got an inside running that he's not going to be the coach, so trying to get something out there before he looks for another opportunity? (Seriously this time)I'm confused as to the state of play: Robertson is going to be coach, why is he forcing NZ's hand and antagonising them (or vice versa)? Weird relationship for a union and a coach for the next four years.