Nick Mallet right man for England, says Thompson
Friday 02 December 2011
Steve Thompson today backed Nick Mallett and Wayne Smith as the
"outstanding" management team to pick up the pieces of England's World
Cup campaign and guide them to glory in 2015.
Thompson, the England and Wasps hooker, defended former boss Martin Johnson and insisted the players had to take responsibility for their World Cup failings in New Zealand.
The 33-year-old also laid into a so-called culture of expectation that led to claims some of England's World Cup players were more focused on money than rugby.
Mallett, the former South Africa, Stade Francais and Italy coach is the leading candidate to replace Johnson in charge of England.
And Smith, the former Northampton boss, is regarded as one of the best rugby brains in the game, having helped New Zealand win the 2011 World Cup.
Thompson told Press Association Sport: "I have had a few conversations with him (Mallett) in the past. I have been very impressed with him.
"When he was in France he spoke fluent French, he bought into the culture and led Stade Francais to the title.
"In Italy, he spoke fluent Italian. He went in there, found out their culture, bought into their mentality and still brought his own.
"He has coached all around the world. We want coaches with worldwide experience. Look at Wayne Smith for New Zealand. He has exactly that. He went back there after all his experience with Northampton."
Asked if Mallett and Smith would be his management dream-team, Thompson said: "That would be outstanding".
But the 2003 World Cup-winner believes it is important for the new England set-up to include a home-grown coach such as Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder.
"I am a true Englishman and I look at Fabio Capello with the football team and I am not sure," Thompson said.
"If you can, perhaps you could have (English coaches) as part of the management and then you can bring them through.
"We have a young coach like Mallinder who could do it. Mike Catt as a backs coach. For me it is exciting.
"We have a World Cup in England in four years' time. I really do believe we can win that.
"I know we didn't have a good World Cup but they are Six Nations champions with so much talent coming through.
"People have made mistakes but they won't do it again, we will move forward."
Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City: £58m deal hits the rocks as Wolfsburg admits they're 'in no rush' to sell former Chelsea midfielder
Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones
Manchester City face another struggle to make an impact in Champions League
Javier Hernandez: Great night for Manchester United, terrible night for Chicharito
Paul Pogba to Chelsea: Transfer news live - John Stones latest, Gareth Bale and Neymar to Manchester United, Edinson Cavani to Arsenal
- 1 Hair loss explained: How and why men go bald
- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe the Stark may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 5 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs