The Mail on Sunday

Johnson rejects return for Woodward

MARTIN JOHNSON has attacked the suggestion that England’s rugby problems could be solved by the return of Sir Clive Woodward as ‘simplistic’. Johnson, whose 18 months as England manager have been criticised for their

- By Ian Stafford

relative lack of success, captained his country to World Cup glory in 2003 under Woodward’s management.

But while some critics of the English rugby set-up have called for Sir Clive to replace under-fire director of elite rugby Rob Andrew, Johnson has broken his silence and suggested continuity in all department­s is the way to bring results.

That would mean no job for Woodward, currently the British Olympic Associatio­n’s director of elite performanc­e.

Johnson told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Is it too simplistic to bring Clive Woodward back and everything will be OK? Yes, of course, it is. What will improve the team is continuity and trust in the players and management. There’s always speculatio­n when the results don’t come. That’s why there’s speculatio­n over Clive taking over Rob’s job.

‘Clive got heavily criticised after he led the 2005 tour to New

 ??  ?? GLORY DAYS: Sir Clive Woodward with the World Cup
GLORY DAYS: Sir Clive Woodward with the World Cup

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