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Ashton Gives Backing to Johnson

Winger wants coach to stay on

Posted Nov 11, 2011 by Chris White

Chris Ashton has given his backing to Martin Johnson

Another of the England World Cup squad has given their backing to coach Martin Johnson, despite the off field troubles that blighted their campaign in New Zealand, seeing them knocked out at the quarter final stage.

Northampton winger Chris Ashton simply said “He’s perfect for the job, he’s inspirational, which anyone who played with, around or under him will say.” Johnson is facing a meeting with the RFU to discuss his future in the role, with his current deal expiring on 31st December.

Ashton follows Mark Cueto, Tom Croft and Saints team-mate Ben Foden in giving his backing to Johnson, however, it is expected that Johnson will step aside having guided England to the quarter final this year before their defeat to France.

The RFU is yet to make a decision on his future, prompting suggestions that he may just walk away from the position, and with Northampton coach Jim Mallinder declaring last week that he would be interested in the position, speculation is growing. Ashton, who plays under Mallinder, said “Jim is a straightforward coach and a great bloke who will do well, but Johnno is still in that position.”

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