Ex-England boss felt he was ‘too nice’ to players and revealed his only regret

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Former England manager Eddie Jones feels he may have been too nice to his players lately.

The Rugby Football Union sacked Jones after a poor Test season in 2022, where the Red Rose won just five of 12 games, including a loss to Argentina in the Autumn Nations Series.

Too soft?

Several players claimed that Jones created a difficult environment for the players, suggesting he was being too hard on the team.

However, Jones believes he has softened from the early stages of his coaching career.

“I was definitely too hard on the players 20 years ago when I started with the Wallabies,” he told Midi Olimpique. “But I have evolved a lot in my management over the years. I even think that I have been too nice to the players in recent years.

Jones believed things had changed after the 25-25 draw with the All Blacks in November and the media had catalyzed his departure.

“I had a meeting with the senior directors of the RFU,” Jones said. “I felt that day that the atmosphere was weird. They weren’t as usual with me. After that, the British media became increasingly critical. I then realized that the end was near.

RFU chief Bill Sweeney has revealed there are fears England will not improve ahead of the World Cup next year and Jones’ obsession with the centerpiece is hampering development of the team.

“We weren’t convinced it was going to get better,” he said. “I don’t think you can obsess over a World Cup once every four years and cancel everything else for that goal. We want to win every Six Nations and we should want to win every Six Nations game.

“Most conversations with Eddie tend to revolve around the World Cups, whether it’s because of his previous experiences there, or because he’s never won one. [as head coach].

“There was absolutely no break in the relationship with Eddie,” added Sweeney, who said he would be “surprised” if Jones wasn’t with a team at next year’s World Cup. .

The only regret

Speaking on his tenure in charge of England, Jones revealed how much of an impact Saracens’ relegation had had an impact and how it had led to some regrettable decisions.

“We always make mistakes. If today I could go back in time, maybe I would change some of my selection criteria,” he said.

“2021 has been a very bad year for us. The Saracens had just been demoted to the second division. As you probably know, the XV of England was then mainly made up of players from the Sarries.

“The problem is that their level has dropped considerably, in the second division and the performance of our national team has suffered immediately,” he said.

“So I should have changed my tune that year. And I regret it, that’s the mistake I made.

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