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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 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|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 Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
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