Eddie O'Sullivan has vowed to fight on as Ireland coach despite presiding over a tough season that slumped to a new low with Saturday's comprehensive defeat to England.
Ireland endured an abysmal exit from the group stages of the World Cup last autumn, have slumped to eighth place in the world rankings and on Saturday concluded their worst RBS 6 Nations Championship since 1999.
Calls for O'Sullivan's dismissal have intensified in response to the team's decline but the 49-year-old refused to step down.
He said: “My own position is that at this moment in time I'm not making any decisions about anything.
“What we always do after every major tournament is meet with the Irish Rugby Football Union to discuss the bigger picture and that will happen again.
“After that I suppose we'll know what we're doing going forward but until then there's not much point in doing anything.
“Absolutely I believe I am the right man to lead Irish rugby.
“I think the big question for me is have I got the hunger for this job and the answer to that is absolutely, 100 per cent.
“I love this job and I've always given it 110 per cent. If I thought I couldn't give 110 per cent I'd be the first to admit that.
“But I love this job and I intend to give it everything I have as long as I'm doing it.”
Ireland were condemned to a fourth-place finish in the RBS 6 Nations table after a mauling by an impressive England and O'Sullivan insisted he had no regrets over the way he approached the tournament.
He said: “It's been a disappointing championship for us. We wanted to hit the ground running and have a big tournament but unfortunately we spluttered instead of playing.
“We didn't have a good start against Italy, our performance against France was excellent and we were unlucky to lose our game.
“We had a good performance against Scotland and then suffered a setback against Wales. Today we tried to pick it up again but it didn't happen and to be fair to England they played well and took their opportunities.
“It's been a disappointing 6 Nations because in the recent past we've always managed to win more than we lose but that's been turned around this year as we've lost more than we've won.
“I wouldn't do anything differently, we took each game on its merit and tried to win them all.
“If I could change results I would but I don't think you could say that we went out and did anything foolish. We gave it our best shot in every game, in some games it happened for us, some games it didn't.”
Ireland raced into a 10-0 lead when Rob Kearney crossed with only four minutes on the clock with Ronan O'Gara landing the conversion and a penalty, but the visitors could not sustain that early momentum.
O'Sullivan said: “On the day the better team won, the final score was a reasonable reflection of their dominance.
“I'd say the area that really worked in their favour was the midfield. Their midfield worked well together as a unit. They caused us problems in that area and we didn't do the same to them.
“The midfield is the one area where we've been having a few problems with injuries and have had to shuffle guys around.
“We didn't have the cohesion that England had in that area. That was the difference between the teams, they were able to do more damage with the ball.”