sport news Warren Gatland concerned rugby is mimicking football

Wales boss Warren Gatland has expressed concern that rugby clubs could be heading down a similar path to their football counterparts, who hire and fire managers at a rapid rate in an effort to get instant results.

Gatland, who has coached Wales since 2007, took charge of his 100th game in the team's 37-27 defeat by Ireland in the Six Nations last week and plans to leave the side after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The New Zealander's long reign comes in stark contrast to the English Premier League, where eight of the division's 20 teams have changed managers this season with Crystal Palace sacking Frank de Boer after just four games in charge

Wales boss Warren Gatland concerned rugby is 'going down the same road' as football

Wales boss Warren Gatland concerned rugby is 'going down the same road' as football

'The thing with rugby at the moment is that there is definitely an element of football coming into it,' Gatland is quoted as saying by The Telegraph. 'It's nowhere near as bad compared to the amount of changes you see in football.

'The longevity of a coach there is pretty limited. It's 12 months if you're lucky, maybe longer. Rugby is going down the same road now.'

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