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Monday, 21 November 2011 11:13

Martin Johnson Resigns the England Job

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Martin Johnson has stepped down as England manager.

Johnson has been in the role for three and half years and his record over the 38 games as coach has seen 21 wins, 16 defeats and 1 draw. This decision was on the cards, as Johnson struggled to get any consistency from the team, but I was betting on him leaving a bit later down the line.

Sportsbook operators would have been grateful for the team’s performance in the World Cup. The England squad had a depressing World Cup that ended with France beating them in the Quarter Finals. In addition, we have had a number of ‘instances’ off the pitch which didn’t help matters.

Mike Tindall (captain during the World Cup) was removed from the squad and fined £25,000. Chris Ashton and James Haskell were given suspended £5000 fines after making inappropriate comments to a female working at the hotel. In addition, Manu Tuilagi was fined £3000 for jumping off a ferry at Auckland Harbour.

Although Johnson stated there was no one reason that made him come to his decision; I suspect the entire performance of the England team - on and off field - was the main reason. As a player, Johnson was one of the best; but as a manager, he has not come up to scratch. This has been voiced by quite a few people including Guscott; and in fact, the RFU was in the process of reviewing Johnson’s position.

Diehard English supporters can still have a bet with Bet365 on England winning the next World Cup (2013). The online betting operator has England third favourites to win outright at 15/2; with Australia being favourites at 2/7 and New Zealand second favourites at 4/1.