Martin ‘Johno’ Johnson has resigned as England Manager.
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Johnson took England to their first 6N Championship since 2003, and oversaw them winning all their group matches in the World Cup. They were only knocked out in the quarter-finals by a team who came incredibly close to winning the whole thing.
Declan Kidney took Ireland to third in the Six Nations this time around and lost all four of the World Cup warm-up matches. Ireland won all their group matches in the tournament and got beaten by a team who lost the resulting semi-final and then lost the third place play-off.
Why does one feel the need to resign?
This is not an attack on Kidney, whom the Mole thought did a very good job [for the most part] during the World Cup.
Rather, it just goes to show that while it is often said that results are the only thing that matter in international rugby, that’s not really true. One can only speculate, but it seems likely that Johnson called time on himself because of the furore that surrounded the on-and-off-pitch shenanigans of his team.
If England had been perfectly behaved, had won over their hosts with their politeness and their availability – and had still lost to France in the QF – would Johnson have left? It seems unlikely to me. Why has his resignation only come now? Most likely because he was informed that he was going to be pushed if he didn’t jump.