Woody to the rescue
20 Mar 2006
England are hoping to lure Clive Woodward back as coach after losing their third Six Nations match of the season.
The Poms, who have been in free fall since winning the World Cup, seem to have forgotten how Woody himself struggled after the tournament.
England lost three of their eight post-World Cup Tests under Woody, with their wins coming against Italy, Scotland and Wales. They lost to Ireland, France, New Zealand (twice) and Australia.
In Woody’s last three Tests, the Poms conceded 123 points and scored just 30. He then coached the Lions on their tour to New Zealand and lost the series 3-0.
According to the Daily Mail, Woody heads the RFU’s wishlist of replacements for beleaguered coach Andy Robinson. The RFU has drawn up a new management structure for the world champions with Woody at the top.
But while Woodward is being tipped for a return, another possible candidate, Newcastle boss Rob Andrew, has ruled himself out of the running.
“I can categorically say I will not be putting my hat in the ring,” Andrew told the Mail. “It’s not something I have ever coveted and it’s not a position I am interested in taking up at this point in time. I am loyal to Newcastle and they have been fabulous to me. I feel that is where my job is and where my responsibility lies. We have a plan at Newcastle for the next five or six years and I do not wish to turn my back on that plan.”