SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: I really feel sorry for Eddie Jones as a result of NOBODY on the RFU is certified to sack him

English rugby is like every other high-level enterprise and needs to be run as such.

The most effective company or sporting firms consider their workers frequently. They ask themselves one easy query: what would their response be if their worker informed them they have been leaving? Completely satisfied? Relieved? Or would it not be a catastrophe?

Proper now, I don’t suppose anybody who’s captivated with English rugby may say it will be a disaster if Eddie Jones, Invoice Sweeney or Conor O’Shea left the RFU. That claims the whole lot.

Eddie Jones is clinging for his job as England head coach having suffered a poor autumn series

Eddie Jones is clinging for his job as England head coach having suffered a poor autumn sequence

Take a look at different sports activities. If Pep Guardiola informed Manchester Metropolis he was leaving tomorrow, the membership and their followers can be inconsolable. Certainly, Metropolis have moved heaven and earth to encourage Guardiola to signal a brand new contract after he made plans to depart. It could be the identical at Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp opted for pastures new. Would English rugby followers be up in arms if Jones left? I doubt it.

The story of Jones and England is sort of one thing. With respect to Japan, England was Jones’ long-awaited return as head coach of a top-tier worldwide workforce.

He had the wind in his sails however nonetheless had a degree to show. England have been determined on the time, having flopped at a house World Cup.

The turnaround was emphatic. Jones was at his greatest, focusing solely on teaching. If there was a World Cup on the finish of 2016, England would doubtless have received it. However after that preliminary success, no one was certified or powerful sufficient on the RFU to face as much as Jones as he began to go walkabout and consider his personal press.

The end result has been a protracted checklist of distractions, embarrassing rhetoric, an ever-changing teaching workers, and a ‘belief me, we’ll be all proper on the evening’ method to the World Cup.

CEO Bill Sweeney and the RFU are carrying out a review after England's worst year since 2008

CEO Invoice Sweeney and the RFU are finishing up a evaluation after England’s worst yr since 2008

The RFU have swallowed it complete. The workforce’s efficiency has inevitably suffered. This has been the sample all over the place Jones has coached. Chief govt Sweeney didn’t have the expertise, data or bottle to cease it at supply and England have suffered consequently. The best way the RFU manages England is amateurish and it has caught up with them.

Jones’s job is dangling by a thread after England’s worst yr since 2008 with 5 wins from 12 video games. He has been right here earlier than and had his efficiency reviewed by no one certified to take action. However this time, it feels completely different.

Previously, Jones has carried on regardless of poor outcomes with Sweeney taking care of him. That may not be the case now. Sweeney and the RFU are finishing up a post-autumn evaluation after a shambolic November however the reality they’re doing it now’s like attempting to avoid wasting the Titanic after it has hit the ice. 

The secrecy which has enveloped Twickenham is misguided. I’ve been a powerful critic of Jones, however I really feel a bit sorry for him now as a result of the fellows who he thought have been his mates in Sweeney and O’Shea may ditch him to avoid wasting their very own necks. I can see that taking place.

Freddie Steward and England were beaten 27-13 by South Africa at Twickenham last Saturday

Freddie Steward and England have been overwhelmed 27-13 by South Africa at Twickenham final Saturday

Director of efficiency O’Shea privately in search of suggestions from England gamers is misguided. It undermines the coach. No coach needs to be handled like that. In the correct atmosphere, gamers needs to be having their say on to Jones. If I have been in cost, I might not have allowed this to occur.

It comes again to the purpose that the RFU function within the shadows. No transparency, no openness, no accountability. What I need to see on the RFU is individuals placing their palms up and saying: ‘That is my determination and I stand by it.’

Proper or unsuitable, at the least that’s sincere and other people can then be held accountable. After I was England head coach, the RFU’s board and committee by no means hid. They’d their say and put their names to their opinions, which allowed sincere exchanges. That’s the tradition of a profitable workforce.

Neither Sweeney nor O’Shea are certified to evaluation Jones’s efficiency, make a name on whether or not to sack him, or rent a alternative. However that’s what is occurring.

They’ve been uncovered and the result’s this shambles. This has been coming for a very long time and is so predictable.

New Zealander Scott Robertson is also in the mix to be the next England head coach

New Zealander Scott Robertson is a number one contender to exchange him as England head coach

O’Shea even being within the body to succeed Jones is laughable, not solely due to his surprising file as Italy coach but additionally the actual fact he’s concerned within the present England evaluation. English rugby is a large number in so many areas with no gentle on the finish of the tunnel.

I’m unsure how this ends for Jones but it surely doesn’t look good. If the RFU resolve to vary issues, the one one who would make me go, ‘Wow’, can be Scott Robertson. He would carry some stardust and a special tradition to England which is way wanted.

He can be my No 1 selection. Ronan O’Gara is second, but it surely appears he’s staying at La Rochelle. However even when Robertson is appointed, it received’t resolve the murky RFU’s leaders.