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
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