Bernard Jackman believes Munster should take their time before retaining their coaching ticket to new contracts.

Head coach Johann van Graan, as well as his support staff of Stephen Larkham, JP Ferreira and Graham Rowntree, are all entering the final year of their current deals.

However, local reports suggest they have been offered new contracts by the province, something Van Graan last week would not elaborate on.

Van Graan's senior coach Larkham also couldn't confirm whether or not negotiations had begun, but did state that he and his coaching colleagues want to stay in Limerick beyond this season.

But speaking on RTÉ's Game On, former Ireland and Leinster hooker Jackman says the province shouldn't rush into a decision on their coaching ticket so early in the new campaign.

"I think to be honest Munster should hold off. I don't see what the rush is," he told Marie Crowe.

"Johann has been there four years, he's very steady, he's a good man, but Munster should be judging themselves on silverware.

"Let's not forget at the end of the season they messed up the Rainbow Cup, that was there for the taking, it's probably the softest cup they're ever going to get and they didn't capitalise on it.

"Stability is important, we know Johann is very popular in the IRFU, but I don't see why a club like Munster would rush to sign coaches just because they want to stay, if they aren't 100% sure they'll bring them silverware."

Munster started their United Rugby Championship campaign with an impressive 42-17 win against the Cell C Sharks on Saturday night.

At times they showed glimpses that they were willing to get the ball to the wide channels earlier, having been accused of adopting a low-risk gameplan in recent seasons.

Jackman says they have to build on those positive steps if they want to become contenders for major trophies, and says it's likely stemming from Larkham being given a larger role in the on-field coaching.

"I think they need to evolve because they don't have the power to play the big teams at their own game. They do need to have a 'Plan B'.

"We're led to believe Stephen Larkham is now effectively the head coach, he's doing a lot more coaching, Johann has stepped away to be more of a director of rugby. The problem with that is you'll see a shift, but you're only starting that shift now.

"It looked like it was starting on Saturday night. There were lots of errors, lots of inaccuracies, but that's normal to be honest in terms of trying to build something new.

"For Munster to win a European Cup they have to have other strings to their bow. Unfortunately there is pain to that and that's something that's going to be difficult for Munster fans to swallow if it becomes a long period of development," he added.

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