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@wazsere - I stick by the average remark although you may have misinterpreted what I was trying to stay. All top sides now build their results on massive defence and I would expect no less from ANY England side whoever coached them. The lack of creativity in both the Italy and Scotland games may be put down to the Weather combined with lack of time together and nothing to do with the team's ability. BUT, as the only evidence we have as to a coach's credentials is the team performance I can only see one outstanding performance so far and we lost that game (and I am still unsure as to whether the Welsh are all they're cracked up to be)
I too want Lancaster to take over, I don't think that a 6 Nations campaign is enough time to prove his worth in the environment that he is expected to apply in and, if the RFU have told him that that is how he will be judged then I think that they are being unfair on him.
Posted 09:34 02nd March 2012
Rumour has it the RFU will offer the job to Harry Redknapp
Posted 09:33 02nd March 2012
He'll get the job. The new guy in charge needs to make some positive decisions and get the rugby playing public behind him and the RFU and this will be a popular decision (and the right one).
He doesn't threaten Rob Andrew and the Preimiership Managers will support him as well (better the devil you know).
I think he is the right man for the job - so good luck to him!
Posted 08:15 02nd March 2012
So Lancaster has to go through the interview process. Interesting Board carrying that out. No doubt they will have written out a job description and set out objectives all to be agreed with the applicants. Rob Andrew must consider himself very lucky, he doesn't appear to have either, gets paid over 200k per annum, no one can work out what the hell he does, and he's part of the decision process. Wow, couldn't be better. Mind you if they choose Lancaster there won't be a lot of Agency Commission to pay, that could save a few bob
Posted 00:25 02nd March 2012
Agree with all of the sentiments re lancaster BUT - we have had one outstanding performance and 2 very average ones. The breath of fresh air has produces no tries other than charge-downs. I like Lancaster and I would like to think that he has the credentials but we need a couple of good results before he's done enough to be able to ignore the opposition.
My problem is that, now that Mallinder has ruled himself out, the pedigree of the English alternatives has evaporated.
Posted 18:43 01st March 2012
I also echo others in thinking SL should be given the job full time.Ok so he may not have a raft of international experiance but then does he really need to imo he doesnt .All he needs is a good rugby brain and be able to motorvate players in his vision and style of play Which he seems to have and to be doing .One thing that hasnt been mentioned is he will have a better knowlege of the young players we need to blood for 2015 than any else and that has to be an advantage imo. Trying for success right away isnt the best way to go about things imo.As you usually come undone very quickly .Great teams are built on solid foundations and over time not by the waving of a magic wand .Wales are only now starting to reap the benifits of a programme now 3-4 yrs old That England will start to prosper under SL in the comming years i for one have nodought
Posted 18:24 01st March 2012
I think he has started well, and when you consider how Johnson was appointed, it would be crazy not to continue with him.
Not that I want England to be too successful!
Think the thought process of how good he could be will be too much for the RFU suits.
Posted 18:00 01st March 2012
I can't see England beating France or Ireland, they are too good and established whilst we are starting from square 1...for that reason SL will not be appointed as long term coach. Its sad but true, Nick Mallet sounds like the only other option which is scary !
Posted 17:23 01st March 2012
I don't think you'll find an England (or neutral) fan who wouldn't support Lancaster...he's opened us up and given us the fresh start so many other coaches said they'd give us but didn't...I'd support him for the Job any day of the week (until post 2015 when I'd put Mallinder up for the job).
Posted 17:05 01st March 2012
APV1: You're right. Will Carling said England needed someone with more 'gravitas' and experience. Both of which are totally overrated aspects, when you look at Lancaster and what he brings - no baggage, honesty and hard work, plus an obvious tatical brain (if let down a little by the subs in the Wales game).
I like his interview style - open and not paranoid like a fair few ex- England coaches .
Posted 16:35 01st March 2012
'In order to play international rugby you've got to be in form, you've got to be playing well and to do that you've got to be playing rugby'
An SL quote regarding releasing players back to their clubs when he has the option to not.
I'm liking him more and more, but it seems the quotes in the article above are indicating the RFU would prefer more experience.
Damn, damn, damn, too good to last wasn't it?
Posted 16:28 01st March 2012
I wish they didn't compare in the manner that he's suggesting.
What they need to do is look at where England is now and where they want it to be by 2015. The make a decision on who will be best able to achieve that aim.
Experience, as we all know only too well, doesn't always equal success.
You can probably tell that I'm a fan of SL and what he's done so far. And long may it continue.
Posted 15:52 01st March 2012