England coach: final interviews

2012-03-24 00:00

LONDON — Stuart Lancaster, who was appointed England’s interim head coach after Martin Johnson’s departure in November, and former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett had their second and final interviews for the role on Thursday.

According to The Telegraph website, it is understood the successful candidate can expect to receive a financial package worth around £350 000 a year (R4,2 million), for three years, up from the £320 000 that Johnson is believed to have earned during his tenure of three and a half years.

It is understood that the five-man professional game board panel tasked with interviewing both candidates was to meet again yesterday to finalise their recommendation, which must be approved by the Rugby Football Union board of directors.

The panel is chaired by the RFU’s new chief executive, Ian Ritchie, and includes Sir Ian McGeehan and Conor O’Shea, the respective directors of rugby at Bath and Harlequins, former England flank Richard Hill and the RFU’s professional game director, Rob Andrew.

The final call, however, will be made by Ritchie, despite the fact that he only took up his position last month as the permanent successor to John Steele.

It is understood no other candidates are being considered after Jake White, the former South Africa coach, withdrew two weeks ago.

Mallett, who had previously been linked with a position at Bath next season, and Lancaster are thought to have been at an undisclosed location on Thursday for their interviews, at which they were asked to outline how they would do the job and with whom they would do it.

Meanwhile, it also looks almost certain that former New Zealand Rugby World Cup-winning assistant coach Wayne Smith will play a key role in the new England management structure no matter who is appointed as head coach.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.