I don’t usually trust that paper much, but this piece isn’t sensationalist and it just confirms what we understood from Ronnie’s latest ES blog
RONNIE O’SULLIVAN has no immediate plans to return to competitive snooker.
The five-time world champion lost a Crucible quarter-final to Stuart Bingham in April — the last time he featured in a tournament.
O’Sullivan, 39, will be a studio pundit for Eurosport during next week’s Betway UK Championship, a title he opted not to defend this year.
And The Rocket insists he loves his new role, alongside touring Europe playing exhibitions.
He said: “I don’t know if I will play competitively again. I am enjoying what I am doing.
“That was planned and not an accident.
“Really I started looking for other things back in about 2011 — it was almost luck, or an accident, that I played some really good stuff in the years that followed.
“Steve Davis was not at his peak from 32 or 33 onwards and Stephen Hendry the same.
“I had always assumed that would be me, too.
“But I won world titles at 36 and 37 and with the other wins at the Masters and the UK I surprised myself. It was almost bad timing on my part.”