Carling backs Mallett for England head coach job

Former England Grand Slam winning captain Will Carling says that Nick Mallett should replace Martin Johnson if his contract is not renewed.

Johnson’s contract expires in December and as yet he has not revealed whether he wants to continue or whether the RFU want him to continue.

A number of names have been linked to the England head coaching job both domestic and international but momentum appears to be gathering behind Nick Mallett.

Herfordshire born Mallet has been coaching Italy since the last Rugby World Cup and enjoyed success in Europe with Stade Francais.

Mallett was replaced as Italy coach after the Rugby World Cup and is currently without a permanent coaching job.

The former Springbok coach led South Africa to a record equalling 17 straight victories in one of the high points in his career but was also the man that played flanker Mauro Bergamasco at scrum-half against England at Twickenham with disastrous concequences.

However Carling who still holds the record for winning the most caps as England captain believes Mallett should replace Johnson if he does not stay on.

“Mallett is my top choice and I think he would be extremely good,” Carling told Sportsbeat

“Henry is very good, a very likeable guy, but he has just done it with his own country and I’m not sure he has the edge to do it.

“We need someone who needs to do it for the first time.

“Martin Johnson is an unbelievable player, an unbelievable captain and he was all about winning.

“He is stubborn which is one of his strengths as well and if he is going to be told who is going to be on his coaching team he may well say ‘I’m not interested’.”

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