Manawatu Turbos coach Jason O'Halloran has yet to agree terms with the Hurricanes.
The confirmed appointment of Wellington coach Chris Boyd as Hurricanes coach for next season means O'Halloran is likely to join him as one of his assistants.
The other assistant named is former Wellington coach John Plumtree.
However, O'Halloran's talks with the Hurricanes through his agent are far from settled.
"We are going through negotiations and will try to get the details sorted," he said. "I'd like to be involved; it has just got to make sense, because I am enjoying my role here."
Whatever happens, O'Halloran will guide the Turbos through his third season as head coach.
Before moving back to his home town, he has his family and factors like schooling to think of after becoming happily settled in Palmerston North.
The earlier-than-expected announcement of the appointment of Boyd, who is in Auckland coaching the New Zealand under-20s at the IRB Junior World Cup, was forced upon the Hurricanes.
The Irish Rugby Union was in the throes of announcing that Plumtree, the forwards coach of the Irish national team for the past year, was leaving to come back to New Zealand.
Had his name come out before the Hurricanes made their news release, there would have been speculation that Plumtree was to be the new head coach.
It is understood that the other contender interviewed for the main job was former Hawke's Bay coach Peter Russell.
Manawatu union chief executive John Knowles had steeled himself for the possible departure of O'Halloran, who played 54 games for the original Hurricanes from 1996 to 2001.
"Even when we signed him for two years, there was that possibility," Knowles said.
"If he was going to something like promotion to Super Rugby, we said we wouldn't stand in his way.
"It would be great to see Jason get it, if he's named."
O'Halloran came to Manawatu in October 2007 as academy manager, after two years with Japanese club Kubota.
- Manawatu Standard
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