Ulster’s departing coach Jono Gibbes has remained vague about his future.
Reports in France claim there’s a 95% chance he’ll take over at La Rochelle next season.
He spoke to UTV after Ulster's win over Ospreys on Sunday.
Gibbes was released by Ulster to return home for family reasons.
Despite signing a two-year deal with New Zealand side Waikato, Gibbes was holding talks with La Rochelle last week and didn’t rule out a move to France.
When asked about next season he said: “I don’t know categorically the answer to that.
“To be fair I just wanted to do my part here as best I can and pay back the support that I’ve got from Ulster."
Ulster secured Champions Cup rugby next season with a 35-17 win over Ospreys over the weekend.
Scrum-half John Cooney said: “It was huge.
“The first 20 minutes we struggled a little bit - obviously we need to be in Champions Cup next year and it’s massive for us.”