But he revealed he will stay on as part of the backroom staff when Schmidt, who led current team Leinster to Amlin Challenge Cup glory last week and is preparing for the their Pro12 final, returns after the two-Test series.
"I've had that conversation with Joe and he's keen to have me on board," he said. "And, at this stage, I can say that I will be with the coaching structure going forward.
"I just have to tidy up a few things but I'm very happy. These conversations haven't been in-depth, there's too much going on around the edges.
"He's coming over to observe the players, how they are performing in training and obviously how they perform in tests, and I think that's important. We welcome that as well, so there's been no pressure."
"He just said 'go ahead and do it'. He doesn't want to interfere too much, he hasn't got time to in truth. He's had a lot of things on his plate, and he's been very good at just saying 'It's your baby, Les, just go and do it'."