Thursday, 22 October 2015
A tale of four Ians (and a Ben)
One Ian (Watmore) used to be Chief Executive of the not-at-all-dysfunctional Football Association. Another Ian (McGeechan) originally recommended that Stuart Lancaster be appointed as Head Coach and is a confirmed admirer of the Cumbrian. Another Ian (Ritchie) not so very long ago handed Lancaster a premature contract extension while the final Ian (Metcalfe) was involved in the appointment of Ian (Ritchie) as CEO of the RFU. Ben (Kay), meanwhile, as well as not being called Ian, is a former team-mate of England coaches Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt and Andy Farrell.
We don't need a panel to review England’s performance. All that is needed is for Stuart Lancaster to take a long, hard look at himself in the mirror, accept that he and his coaching team selected the wrong squad, got the preparations horribly wrong, adopted the wrong tactical approach, made some awful in-game decisions in the big games and overall failed to learn the lessons of the last 4 years.
He needs to do the honourable thing and resign - and save us all from the Ians (and Ben).