Schmidt’s story not near over
“I guess I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to working.”
No awards for guessing that’s Joe Schmidt, unprompted, on the theme of workaholism; stated during typical filibustering by the Ireland coach when asked where his future lies after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
“I tend to be a little bit of a workaholic . . . and that means that I’m out of the house a fair bit or even at home I’m plugging away, looking at things with a microscope, so that’s probably a character flaw. If you probably talk to some of the people on the staff, it’s one of many I have. Hopefully they don’t disclose all the other ones.”
Somebody is bound to take the pay cheque for a ghost written book about life inside Carton House these past six seasons. Schmidt should get out in front of them with his own memoir - Chapter 1: “From Soldier Field to Yokohama.” 100,000 words should cover volume one.
There’ll be plenty more chapters before volume two is penned. Schmidt may disappear behind the corporate pay wall but the 53 year old will eventually be compelled back into the light, either by his imminent trip home to New Zealand, coinciding with All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen’s update on his future, or a lucrative gig in Europe.
Surely, the British and Irish Lions are on high alert. Schmidt would only take on the Lions’ almost impossibly condensed tour to South Africa in 2021 with complete control.
Two years of covert camps might be enough time to transform Scots, Welsh and English into JoeBots, with a fairytale finale to the symbiotic Schmidt and Johnny Sexton relationship which has delivered ground breaking success since the Millennium Stadium miracle of 2011.
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