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Dorian West wants England to replace Stuart Lancaster with a home-based coach

Published 11/11/2015

Stuart Lancaster is no longer England head coach
Stuart Lancaster is no longer England head coach

England have been urged to pick a home-based coach to replace Stuart Lancaster.

Lancaster, who stepped down "by mutual consent" on Wednesday, admitted responsibility for England's World Cup failure, saying: "We didn't achieve success on the field when it mattered and we all have to take responsibility for that but me especially as head coach."

His departure leaves Australia boss Michael Cheika, New Zealand-born Ireland coach Joe Schmidt and former South Africa boss Jake White among the contenders for the role, but Northampton assistant coach Dorian West - part of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad - believes there are plenty of capable English candidates.

"You'd like to think so. That knowledge of the players and how the clubs work, that's pretty important," West said, when asked if an Englishman should coach the national side.

"You'd hope so but there's no guarantees. They will pick whoever they think is the best man for the job.

"We're really disappointed for Stuart. It's the end to what's been a good period for England so it's one of those things that happens in this job - you're under pressure week in, week out.

"We've got to draw a line under it now, though.

"You just hope whoever it is has a good chance at getting everyone available and playing well for England."

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder is in the frame to replace Lancaster, and received his club colleague's backing for the hot seat.

"Jim's been in the Premiership coaching for a long time and he's had a spell with England as well so he knows what the job's about," West added.

"He's as good a bloke as I've worked with, so time will tell."

Another 2003 World Cup winner, Will Greenwood, expects England to appoint one of the game's "super coaches".

With a Six Nations campaign approaching, former centre Greenwood thinks England will turn to a world-class coach rather than a young English one.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: "There will be a variety of names put forward. I don't think they'd go with a young English coach who's not won big trophies yet.

"Long term, (Rob) Baxter of Exeter Chiefs will be one to keep an eye on. I hope they're monitoring him, mentoring him - he's worked wonders with Exeter.

"But I think they will go with one of the super coaches, a coach that has won big tournaments, whether it be in Super Rugby, European Cups, Tri Nations, Rugby Championships, Grand Slams and even World Cups.

"That list appears to be Warren Gatland, Steve Hansen, Wayne Smith, Joe Schmidt, these sort of characters have vast pedigree in terms of winning major trophies."

Greenwood believes Lancaster's World Cup side were not prepared for the tournament.

"I look back on it and I see the style in which Australia and New Zealand play, averaging 65 caps in that final," Greenwood said. "I just think that the young team were overawed.

"You can point to a variety of little incidents, back-row forwards giving away daft penalties against Wales, Brad Barritt - senior defensive guy - made a huge error and they didn't go for the points when the points were on offer.

"At key moments in games, when the pressure really came, they were unable to express themselves. We mustn't forget we were beating Wales 25-18 with 10 minutes to go and that would've been good enough for a quarter-final berth.

"It's clear the team weren't able to deal with the intensity of this World Cup and even if they had made the quarter-final, wouldn't have been able to go on and win the trophy."

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