Following Harsh Criticism Of His England Regime, Eddie Jones Defends His Coaching Style

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In reaction to criticism of his England regime, Eddie Jones defended his coaching methods and high turnover rate of backroom staff.

An anonymous testimony from players and former employees was used in a newspaper piece published last week to present an image of a tight and demanding environment devoid of enjoyment. Jones has just completed his third revamping of his coaching staff, with John Mitchell, his No. 2, the most recent departure after the former All Blacks head coach chose to leave for Wasps rather than continue directing the defense.

Mitchell’s departure is the latest example of the high number of departures among assistant coaches, physiotherapists, medics, analysts, and psychologists since Jones took control at the end of 2015. And, despite the fact that England finished fifth in the Six Nations earlier this year, their head coach is adamant about his leadership style.

“These things happen. Everyone has an opinion on how you operate. I can’t say it’s right or wrong, I try to be a reasonable person,” Jones told BT Sport. “I’ve coached for a fair period of time and there have probably been times when I haven’t been as nice as I’d like to be. But I endeavour to be fair all the time and I’m excited where this team is going to go.

source : Guardian sport

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