Mike Friday declares interest in England post
August 4, 2013
Mike Friday stands in between Tom Varndell and Mathew Tait while in charge of England Sevens team in 2005 © Getty Images
Former Kenya coach Mike Friday has declared his interest in the vacant England Sevens head coach position.
The Rugby Football Union announced on Sunday that Ben Ryan will leave his post as the England Sevens head coach following just over six years in the role. Friday, who coached England between 2003 and 2006, will be one of the frontrunners for the vacancy, if he applies for it.
Friday took Kenya to fifth place in the 2013 IRB World Sevens Series and recently resigned from his post in charge of the East African's team. And Friday, speaking before Sunday's announcement, admitted he is keen to become a part of the set-up at the RFU once again.
"Everyone knows how passionate an Englishman I am, and will know that I left the England job with a heavy heart in the first place," Friday told the Rugby Paper. "I would do anything to be involved again."
With the Olympics three years away, the three Unions - England, Wales and Scotland - are currently in discussions regarding who should lead Team GB's Sevens side in Rio de Janeiro. Friday admits it would be a "wonderful privilege" to be involved with the Olympics team and claims the Unions need to act quickly in order to catch up with the other nations.
"In reality the Olympics is not far away at all; everyone else is at it in terms of their preparation," Friday said. "They (the Unions) need to get their act together no later than halfway through next season because qualification for the Olympics is the following season, in 2014-15
"I haven't got anything on the table. I was trying to resolve things with Kenya but certain board members don't appear to be in their position for anything more than a power trip or financial gain and have continually tried to sabotage things."
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