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Martin Johnson is expected to make the decision on whether or not he will take up the position of England Team manager before the end of next week.

Rob Andrew, elite director of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), was scheduled to hold further talks with Johnson on Monday this week but an illness is said to have postponed the meeting.

Should Andrew and Johnson come to an agreement the RFU management board will have to rubber stamp the agreement.

They will want to do this as quick as possible as the board want the Team manager in place by the time England go to New Zealand in June.

Andrew is said to have proposed the appointment of a team manager and backs coach when he presented his World Cup review to the management board at the end of last year.

Previous coaches such as Andy Robinson wanted a team manager but the RFU failed to appoint one as England sank down the rankings.

Should Johnson be appointed as England team manager he is expected to have a say in team selections something Ashton says he does not want the manager to become involved in.

Reports that Andrew will lose his job should he fail to sign Johnson are said to be wide of the mark and Andrew is in the RFU’s “good books” after he managed to broker an agreement with the clubs over the management of England’s elite players.

They do however want him to sign a team manager urgently and settle things down in the England coaching set up.




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