Michael Cheika a “non-starter”for England job.
England rugby took another hit as Michael Cheika confirmed that he won’t be the next England manager. Leaderless England have a position to fill after Stuart Lancaster called it a day after England’s World Cup exit in the group stages.
Stuart Lancaster’s exit as England Head coach has left the team in a leaderless hole that will need to be filled before the start of the Six Nations in February 2016. England’s World Cup issues ran deeper than “team selection”, so looking for a succession is not going to be easy.
With the Six nations 2016 looming, time seems to be as short as the list of possible replacements.
There’s no doubting Michael Cheika’s pedigree after Australia successfully managed runner up in the World Cup final. Michael Cheika would be a good fit for the beleaguered England job. Unfortunately for England, Michael Cheika’s current roll as Australian Head coach is one that he’s not ready to give up on.
Commenting about the England Roll he said “I’m an Australian coaching Australia. It’s the dream. There is nothing that would change my mind.”
So if not Michael Cheika, who then? The list of possible Head Coach replacements for Lancaster’s job might not be home grown talent, although Jim Mallindar (coach of Northampton Saints) and Mike Ford (Head coach at Bath) are possible contenders.
The home grown favourite’s pool seems a little short in comparison to the “must have” list of international coaches. The current leader list is;
- Michael Cheika ruled out.
- Warren Gatland currently Head coach of Wales
- Eddie Jones currently Head Coach of the Stormers (Super Rugby)
- Conor O’Shea currently Director of Rugby at Harlequins
Regardless of who takes on the England job, the critics will be looking at team selection, which played the biggest part in Stuart Lancaster’s and England’s early exit.