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Woodward Critical of RFU

Former coach wants more heads to roll

Posted Nov 22, 2011 by Chris White

Martin Johnson resigned last week

Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward has accused the RFU of letting Marin Johnson down, and has called for more heads to roll, with “someone made accountable for that.” Johnson stepped down after England’s disappointing World Cup campaign, which ended at the quarterfinal stage, but was blighted with off-field distractions.

The World Cup winning coach of 2003 feels that Johnson should have been given more support with what he had to deal with during the team’s time in New Zealand, citing one of the main problems as a lack of backing and action during the tournament, when players needed to be disciplined by the RFU, as opposed to reacting afterwards.

Woodward told Sky Sports that, “I just don’t feel that they put anyone alongside him to help him. He’s an iconic guy, but he’s a rookie manager that ran his own ship for three and a half years without any analysis or assessment. I think that is so wrong and someone should be accountable for that.”

One of the main people Woodward suggested should be accountable is Rob Andrew, the elite rugby director at the RFU, and the man who was given the job of overseeing what Johnson was doing.

Personally, he is the only man who should be accountable. As Johnson’s boss effectively, he should have been looking at things closely enough that he could see help was needed. Johnson needed someone between himself and the players as a go-between, someone who could take a neutral stance on opinions and incidents and act accordingly, reporting between Johnson and the players, and this man was never mentioned, and Andrew should be handed his things so England can move on completely, starting afresh ahead of the next tournament, in England, in four years time.

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