RFU will pay top dollar for new coach
December 1, 2011
RFU acting chief executive Stephen Brown addresses the media on Wednesday © Getty Images
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will spare no expense in its pursuit of a top-class successor to Martin Johnson as England team manager.
Johnson announced his resignation last month and a succession of high-profile coaches have been linked with the vacancy in recent weeks, including Nick Mallett and Jake White.
The RFU has stated that it is no rush to make an appointment, revealing that an interim boss is likely to be appointed for the Six Nations, and acting chief executive Stephen Brown has now revealed that not only is the union prepared to wait, they are also willing to pay top dollar for their preferred candidate.
"We have an extremely strong commercial and financial base," said Brown. "That puts us in a very good position to pay for the very best people we can get.
"Our financial results have just been published. We're not exactly in a bad position financially. That's one of the successes that may have been slightly missed in recent months."
Brown also admitted that the RFU plans to clearly outline to any interested parties what exactly is expected of the new boss.
"The role definitions in the past haven't been clear, within the union or to the individuals involved," said Brown. "We need to get the role definitions correct so that we get the right person to deliver that role.
"We need to get the reporting and accountability lines clear, something that also hasn't happened in the past. It's something that we're very clear on fixing, hence the changes that have been made to the structure."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Ahead of November's USA-All Blacks match, America's ESPN Magazine explains rugby to its readers who may not be familiar with the game
Tom Hamilton talks to World Cup-winning captain John Smit about life after rugby, his fears over the South African exodus and the World Cup
The reopening of the openside debate, a dominant wolf-pack and a sublime performance in defeat - Monday Maul looks at the weekend's talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Rugby Championship alongside the best photographs from around the domestic game