Sunday 17 December 2017

Jones slams demand for 'quick fix' after Ranieri axe

England head coach Eddie Jones Photo: PA
England head coach Eddie Jones Photo: PA

Nigel Whittaker

After reaching the top, the only place left to go is down. After sacking Claudio Ranieri, there's not many neutrals who will have much sympathy if Leicester City do exactly that and get relegated.

In some aspects, England head coach Eddie Jones finds himself in a similar position to the Italian. Having not lost a match since taking over the role, Jones is at the top of the game, and sooner or later he's probably going to have to deal with a defeat.

A loss is unlikely to lead to Jones losing his job, but he understands that just like football, rugby coaches can quite easily lose their job when results go against you.

"I wasn't surprised because you know how football thinks," Jones said.

"Rugby will be the same, there's no doubt, because everyone wants instant results. I'll lose a game and people will be asking 'when's he on the plane home?' That's the reality of sport these days. That's the reality of life.

"Everyone wants quick fixes but the reality in sport is that you don't get quick fixes.

"It's saddening when you see someone who's done something absolutely marvellous be sacked. I don't know if you've ever been sacked, but it's humiliating. . ."

Jones has made four changes to his side, with Ben Te'o replacing Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May coming in for Jack Nowell on the wing, Danny Care getting a rare run-out ahead of Ben Youngs at scrum-half and James Haskell returning in the back-row.

To combat the possibility of one player becoming key for his team, Jones is developing three players in each position with the quality for Test level.

Verdict: England

ENGLAND - M Brown; J May, B Te'o, O Farrell, E Daly; G Ford, D Care; J Marler, D Hartley (capt), D Cole, J Launchbury, C Lawes, M Itoje, J Haskell, N Hughes. Reps: J George, M Vunipola, K Sinckler, T Wood, J Clifford, B Youngs, H Slade, J Nowell.

ITALY - E Padovani; G Bisegni, M Campagnaro, L McLean, G Venditti; T Allan, E Gori; A Lovotti, L Ghiraldini, L Cittadini, M Fuser, D Van Schalkwyk, B Steyn, S Favaro, S Parisse. Reps: O Gega, M Rizzo, P Ceccarelli, G Biagi, M Mbanda, G Bronzini, C Canna, T Benvenuti.

Ref - R Poite (Fra)

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