HE WOULD be a man in demand if he still wanted to coach, but Paul Roos says he is leaning to never again take on the top role.
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”I wouldn’t think so,” Roos, the Swans 2005 premiership coach, replied when asked yesterday if he would coach again. ”No, I wouldn’t think so.”

Intrigue still surrounds Roos’ future coaching ambitions. He told The Age earlier this month: ”It’s unlikely. All I try and talk about is the here and the now. It certainly won’t happen next year. It might happen the year after, but who knows?”

Roos was linked with Greater Western Sydney in a report on The Footy Show, suggesting the Giants had him at the top of their wish list for 2014. ”I don’t know anything about it, absolutely nothing,” Roos said.

Giants chief executive Dave Matthews said he had yet to give any thought to 2014. ”It’s natural for people to link Paul to any vacancy because everybody knows the quality of the coach and the person and, I guess, ours in particular given that he lives in Sydney, but we haven’t thought too much further ahead at this stage other than being in discussion with Sheeds [Kevin Sheedy],” he said.

”Clearly at some point in time, whenever it may be, there will be a successor to Sheeds, not putting a time limit on that, and this is going to be, if not already, one of the plum coaching jobs in the competition.”

Sheedy is expected to remain in charge of the Giants next season, although he has yet to be offered a new contract. The future of his senior assistant Mark Williams also remains unclear, although he is contracted for another season.

But Roos has definitely ruled out coaching any club next season.

”All I have said, which is being consistent, is that I wouldn’t even entertain it at the moment because one of my boys is in year 12 this year and one is in year 12 next year,” he said. ”I certainly have no plans to go back to coaching. But my family situation changes at the end of next year, maybe they have taken that as a sign I am looking to coach. At this stage, I am certainly not looking to do that. It’s just that my family situation changes at the end of next year.”

Roos handed power to his assistant, John Longmire, last year but retains strong links to the game with his role as head coach of the Swans academy and as a commentator on Fox Sports.

Longmire yesterday said Roos was highly unlikely to give up his relaxed lifestyle in eastern Sydney and join the Giants.

”I think his hair is starting to grow back and he certainly hasn’t got any grey hairs,” Longmire said.

”Every time I’ve seen him he’s been down at Coogee having a coffee. I can only take him on his word and what he says publicly, and what he says privately with his actions sitting back having a latte in Coogee suggests that he’s not quite ready for the big jump back into senior coaching. He looks at me with my hair marching back and the wrinkles around my eyes and he’s quite happy to have a laugh.”

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