Gareth Baber unsure over Cardiff Blues future

Justin Burnell and Gareth Baber
Baber (right), with fellow coach Justin Burnell, has been with the Blues for five years

Temporary Cardiff Blues coach Gareth Baber says he has been given no assurances over his future at the club.

Baber and Justin Burnell have been in charge since Dai Young left to take the reins at London Wasps in June.

But Blues are considering appointing an experienced figure at the helm and Baber concedes he and Burnell could be surplus to requirements.

"Our position depends on who that person is and whether he sees Justin and I fitting in," said Baber, 39.

"We can't make any judgements on that. All we can do is our job, which is progress this team."

The original brief given to Baber and Burnell was to guide the Blues through their opening games of the season while many of the leading players were away on World Cup duty with Wales.

Their record currently stands at four wins and three losses in the Pro12 League, and two heavy defeats in the LV= Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Blues chairman Peter Thomas has said their positions will be reviewed in November.

Wales assistants Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley have been mentioned as possible full-time successors to Young, while Thomas has denied approaching New Zeland's World Cup winning coach Graham Henry.

Since Thomas' statement, Henry, who has also been linked with a Rugby Football Union role, has quit coaching the All Blacks.

But a Blues appointment does not seem to be imminent, and Baber hopes to further his own claims to stay as part of the coaching set-up by securing more victories on the field.

"We want to stay with this club, we love what we do," said Baber, who takes the Blues to face Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade in the Pro12 on Friday.

"We're both from the Blues region as well and we want to make this the top European club.

"That's our ambition and hopefully, results willing, we'll get the opportunity to do that."

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