After rumours began to circulate recently that Warren Gatland is the frontrunner to replace Eddie Jones after the World Cup, England fans are not best pleased on Twitter.
The former Wasps boss has been with Wales for 11 years now, and has had a lot of success. He led them to a Grand Slam in his first year in charge in 2008, and back to back titles in 2012 and 2013, including another Grand Slam in 2012.
On top of that, he has coached the British and Irish Lions twice, earning a series win against Australia and a draw with the All Blacks. This is alongside the three Premiership titles and one Heineken Cup he won when with Wasps.
Despite his impressive record, the majority of England fans seem very unenthusiastic about this possibility. Gatland has garnered a reputation of being quite a defensive coach over the years, playing a direct style of rugby reliant on powerful forwards and backs. While it has not inspired many, it has undoubtedly brought results.
However, Gatland has not done enough during his decade with Wales to win over the English fans, and this is what they have to say:
Don't want him. #RobBaxter would be worth considering though I think he may not want the job.
— CDBJ (@CDBJDurham) February 19, 2019
Please god NO!
— colin boag (@colinboag) February 19, 2019
— Tim Empson (@StTim) February 19, 2019
No thanks. There’s no point in watching the film when you’ve read the book several times. As much as Garland is good, it’s the welsh players drive to win that keeps them in a game, not coaching tactics these days, his play book is well read and he’s ran out of ink.
— Sean Butler (@sean747butler) February 19, 2019
No way… Warren Gatland has the balletic poise of a three-legged hippo, and that's only his management style….
— Kane Moffat (@KaneMoffat) February 19, 2019
— Craig Morley (@craigmorley) February 18, 2019
No ta! Next
— scott (@bradbchesney3) February 19, 2019
Nonetheless, there are still some fans that think that this would be a good move. A number of Welsh fans think that England would be lucky to have a manager with the quality of Gatland, contrary to what some other fans are saying, and even some England supporters share these views too.
This suggests that while this bizarre link has been scoffed at by many, it would not be a universally unpopular decision.
This is what they have to say:
— Eddie Stephens? (@EddieStephensMD) February 19, 2019
Whatever people say about Gats he has an outstanding CV. Domestic successes with Wasps (both league and European titles), multiple grand slams and championships with Wales and undefeated as head honcho with Lions. He deserves far more respect. Thanks Gats???????
— Rich Little Tennis (@richlittlebath) February 19, 2019
Rob Baxter has already said no. Who else would you pick who is likely to say yes?
— Marian Weadick (@MarianEWeadick) February 19, 2019
Personally think he'd be perfect for England
— Steffan Thomas (@Steffan_Thomas1) February 19, 2019
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