Former Italy and South Africa coach Nick Mallett has revealed that he will not be considered as Martin Johnson’s replacement as England team manager.
Johnson stepped down from leading the men in England Rugby Shirts this week after reviewing his position following a disappointing World Cup campaign and Mallett was one of a number of names linked as his successor.
However, he has ruled himself out of the running, despite admitting he was intrigued enough to speak to the RFU about the position.
He said: “I was interested to hear what the RFU had to say. After mulling it over for a few days and discussing the opportunity with friends and family, I have decided that I will not be making myself available.”
“I am happy to have returned home to South Africa after a tremendous four-year term with the Italian national team.”
“We are settled in Cape Town and it is my wish to be able to enjoy time with my wife and kids after four years in Italy.”
Mallett isn’t the only man to rule himself out either, with another former South Africa coach, Jake White revealing that it is simply ‘bad timing’ for him to be considered for a role with England.
This doesn’t mean the RFU are running out of options though. Eddie Jones – who led Australia to the 2003 World Cup final has said that he would be interested in the possibility of succeeding Johnson.
He said: “You’d always be interested in coaching England,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “It has got a fantastic domestic competition, very, very good players and you have just got to get the right programme in place and they should be good enough to win the next World Cup.”
There are lots of opinions with regards to who England should go for of course, with former players Matt Dawson and Will Carling making it clear that they believe Johnson should remain involved in some capacity.
However, England seem set to go into a new direction with Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder the current favourite to land the position. A decision is set to be made before the start of the 2012 Six Nations.