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Edwards - Top job not for me
Wasps coach does not want director of rugby role
I have no desire to get involved in the contracts or hiring and firing of people.
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Shaun Edwards insists he is not interested in taking the vacant director of rugby role at Wasps after the departure of Tony Hanks.
Edwards, who has been placed in temporary charge of the side, watched Wasps suffer a 21-12 defeat to Leicester at Welford Road to extend their poor run of form.
Lawrence Dallaglio and Dean Ryan have been mentioned as possible permanent replacements, and head coach Edwards says he will not be putting his own name forward.
"I am very happy where I am. I have no desire to get involved in the contracts or hiring and firing of people," he said.
"I am a coach and I enjoy being out on the training pitch with the players, so being a director of rugby has never been an ambition of mine.
"At the moment, with me taking over as the so-called 'boss' the only difference has been that I am picking the team and deciding when the subs go on so it has not taken up that much more of my time."
Wasps face an uphill battle to secure a play-off berth after their latest defeat, but Edwards was keen to take the positives from the display.
He added: "We showed the usual Wasps spirit, I felt like they deserved a bonus point for the doggedness of the players and our defence in our 22 in the second half was superb. But we need to score more points."
Edwards also stated that the aim for the rest of the season would be to finish in the top six and secure a Heineken Cup berth.
"People forget we have only made the play-offs once in five years," he said.
"We did it in 2008 when we won the title, we won the Heineken Cup in 2007, but we did not make the play-offs that season.
"Our objective is to qualify for the Heineken Cup and if we can get into the play-offs that would be great."
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill felt his side had to overcome some negative tactics from Wasps to take a hard-fought victory.
"They came to kick the ball away and defend and they didn't really come to play," Cockerill said.
"We found it hard against a belligerent team who were pretty negative all round. They worked hard but you get four points for grit and determination and we got them.
"It was a bit frustrating, we probably didn't manage the tenacity at the breakdown as we would have liked but we deserved the win, we had the greater share of the game, although it wasn't a great spectacle, but the only thing that matters is the result."
England flanker Tom Croft came off the bench to make his return from a lengthy injury lay-off and Cockerill hopes to have in the fold again for Friday's trip to Sale.
He added: "He was really good and we will look to get him some more time next week. He is world class and we don't know how long it will be before England come for him, but we will try and get as much out of him as we can."
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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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