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Wilko backs Johnson to lead England back to glory



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Jonny Wilkinson and Phil Vickery say that they would both welcome the appointment of Martin Johnson as England manager.

Wilkinson & Vickery were Johnson’s team-mates in 2003 when England won the 2003 World Cup.

Wilkinson says that he is in no doubt that his former colleague would bring back the success of the Clive Woodward era.

“I’m sure Martin would be massively influential, as equally influential as when he was a player for sure,” Wilkinson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He has the qualities of a player inherent in him which I know to be the qualities of a good coach in terms of knowledge.

“What’s important in terms of a management style is that he has the right people with him, people who can work for him and can get his message, a winning one, across to the players.

“If he chooses to do the job it’s important that his message carries on and he is able to influence what he wants, because if he can it’d be a good thing.”

England captain Phil Vickery says he would also welcome Johnson’s involvement, but only on the 38-year-old’s own terms.

“I hope whatever Martin decides, it’s on his terms and the role is something that he wants to do,” Vickery told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

“The unfortunate thing for me at the moment is that there is a lot of negativity around in the press.

“I don’t want to remember Martin Johnson as anything else other than a fanstastic guy and a great captain. I would hate for people to turn against him.”




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