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Who will be the next England Rugby Union manager?

Since Martin Johnson resigned as England team manager earlier this month, a lot has gone on with English rugby. So much so that rugby betting pundits reported how RFU director Rob Andrew said it had hit 'rock bottom'.

To recap slightly, it is worth looking at the events that have unfolded in and around Johnson's resignation. First of all, Mike Tindall was dropped from the performance squad and fine by the RFU.

This was before the confidential documents regarding England's World Cup campaign - which included criticism for England's player behaviour as well as the coaching staff - were leaked to the press, leaving the reputation of Rugby Union in tatters.

If people were disappointed with the campaign before this leak to the papers, they were angry, frustrated and annoyed when the depth of the problems came to the surface.

Players were more concerned with the money they earned, the coaching team wasn't up to scratch, the preparation was unprofessional and overall, it was a disastorous campaign. Both on and off the pitch.

So, who are rugby betting pundits backing to take care of this mess? Who is going to become the next England Rugby Union coach?

Well, the betting markets seem to suggest that England won't name a permanent coach until after the Six Nations. But, we can still bet on who is going to be in the hot seat next.

Jim Mallinder is the 8/11 favourite with Bet365 and he is followed by Nick Mallet who has made himself available for the role again. The former Italy coach is 6/1 with Paddy Power to succeed Johnson.

Other contenders are Stuart Lancaster at 10/1, John Kirwan at 12/1 and former Australia coach Eddie Jones at 12/1. Despite distancing himself from the role, World Cup winner Graham Henry is 16/1.

Outsiders include Richard Hill at 50/1 with Bet365 and former coach Clive Woodward at 35/1 with Paddy Power.

To be honest, it is anyone's guess!

 

Who will replace Martin Johnson as England coach?

Martin Johnson stepped down as England coach earlier today and speculation is already underway amongst rugby betting pundits with regards to his replacement.

Reflecting on Johnson's dismissal slightly before looking at the potential candidates to take the role of England team manager, it is worth looking at what the departing Johnson said about his resignation.

He said: "I think it is in the best interests of both the England team and myself not to carry on."

"I have a choice at the moment. If I hadn't made that decision someone may have made it for me."

The Rugby Football Union director Rob Andrew - who agreed that it was time for Johnson to leave - said that he would remain in his position.

The former England international said: "I'm absolutely not considering resigning. In terms of the department and the structure of the professional game - that's my role in this."

"My job is to run the department, not just the playing side of things."

So, who is in line to replace Johnson? Well, there are plenty of options and the betting market is already open. 

The favourite at this stage is Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder. He has already said he would be interested in the position and can be backed at 3/1 with Skybet to succeed Johnson.

Second favourite is New Zealand World Cup winning coach Graham Henry. If you think he will be up for the challenge of turning around England's performances, you can back this at 4/1 with bet365.

The next three candidates are Nick Mallett, Joe Schmidt and John Kirwan, all of whom can be backed with betting odds between 4/1 and 10/1.

Then comes the outsiders, led by former Ireland international Conor O'Shea. He can be backed at 25/1 with Boylesports to lead England.

Brian Ashton is then 50/1 with some betting pundits to return to the role, with Clive Woodward an even more unlikely 100/1 with Sportingbet.

Quite simply, there are a lot of options and the selection could come from anywhere! Who are you backing?

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