CARDIFF, Wales — Rob Howley will leave his coaching role with Wales after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Howley was appointed as Wales attack coach and one of Warren Gatland’s assistants in 2008.

But the former Wales captain confirmed on Saturday he will step down in two years, along with Gatland, and revealed ambitions to become a club head coach or rugby director.

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies recently announced that they hoped to appoint Gatland’s successor by mid-2018. A three-man shortlist has already been drawn up.

Howley served as Wales interim coach twice when Gatland had British and Irish Lions commitments.

“I just feel that come 2019, I would have been here for 11 years, and it’s time to move on and be involved elsewhere in a rugby environment,” Howley said.

Also, Howley said Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien apologized to him last week for criticizing his game-planning during the Lions tour of New Zealand. The series was drawn.