Wales head coach Warren Gatland said he will look to coach in Super Rugby once his current contract comes to an end after the 2019 World Cup.
There has been a lot of speculation about Gatland and the All Blacks head coaching position in the future, but in an interview with NZME, he said he doesn't know where that connection started.
"I've never said I wanted to be an All Blacks coach," Gatland told Newstalk ZB. "But I think you need to come back and be involved in Super Rugby first, and that's what I would like to do.
"That would be the natural progression. And if you are successful that's how these things work."
He added: "I'm finishing with Wales after the World Cup in 2019 and will take a break for a few months, but I would love to do Super Rugby," he said.
"There are not a lot of big jobs in rugby and you have to be in the right place at the right time, but if that opportunity came along to do Super Rugby in 2020 or 2021 that would be great."
Gatland believes current All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster will take over from Steve Hansen in 2019.