24 Sep 2008

Umaga doesn't believe coaching job on line at Toulon

1:53 pm on 24 September 2008

The former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga doesn't feel his coaching job at the French club Toulon is under threat, despite reports former Wallabies coach John Connolly is being lined up for the role.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported Connolly is on his way to France this week to speak with Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal.

Boudjellal has denied approaching Connolly, saying there's no problem with Umaga despite having described some of their recent performances as shameful.

However Boudjellal also denied his club had made any contact with former NRL star Sonny Bill Williams - only for Williams to dramatically leave the Bulldogs and turn up in France to join the club.

Umaga's manager Glenda Hughes says she spoke to Umaga earlier today about the reports and said the the matter hadn't been raised with him.

However she says he's fully aware that when any coach signs a contract that it will one day come to an end, but Umaga didn't feel his was about to end in the immediate future.