Brown backs Johnson for full-time role
March 16, 2013
Kelly Brown and his team-mates have enjoyed a resurgence under interim boss Scott Johnson © Getty Images
Scotland skipper Kelly Brown has backed interim boss Scott Johnson to be handed the job on a full-time basis.
Brown, who stepped into the hotseat after previous coach Andy Robinson stepped down, is in line to secure a permanent position having steered the Scots to two victories in this year's Six Nations. And Brown, who will lead the side in their final championship clash with France on Saturday night, has hailed the impact of the Australian coach.
"The boys have really enjoyed working with Scott. He's got an incredible turn of phrase. Some of his lines are unbelievable," Brown told PA Sport. "Have I got a favourite? I quite like his line about stats being like a bikini - they show you a lot but not the whole thing. That one was quite good.
"He's always got a bit of humour in the changing room but behind all of these, there is a serious message and these quips are just his way of making the point. All the guys have bought into what he's been trying to do.
"If you look at our performances over the championship, there is no doubt we have made improvements, so I think Scott has put down a good marker for the job - but it's not my call."
Former England head coach Robinson walked away from the Scotland job after his side were shocked 21-15 by Tonga in the autumn Internationals. But Brown insists that both men have done well for their adopted nation.
He said: "Anytime there is a new coach, by the very nature of it, there is a bit of freshness because it's different people involved. I enjoyed working with Andy, just as I enjoy working with Scott now. They are very different but in my opinion are both very good coaches."
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