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!


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