Mallett for England job?
Cape Town - Former England captain, Will Carling, favours South Africa's Nick Mallett as a possible future coach for England's national rugby side.
According to Die Burger newspaper, Carling wants to see a new England coach after their Rugby World Cup bid ended in a quarter-final defeat at the hands of France.
"It's time for a change. I'm not sure whether Martin Johnson's head should roll, because he is (only) the manager. The rest of the coaching staff should without a doubt be sacked," said Carling.
Die Burger further reports that Carling's reluctance to directly call for Johnson's head probably stems from the fact that they played together for England in the 1990's.
"Nick Mallett is a very impressive guy. There are good coaches like Mike Catt and a couple of others in England available. We have exciting young players coming through now," said Carling.
Mallett's contract with Italy has come to an end and he is yet to decide on his future. If Mallett ends up at England, it will probably be on his own terms - which would mean that Johnson would have to go.
After England's failed World Cup bid, it was reported that Johnson would reflect on their campaign and take part in the Rugby Football Union's review before a decision is made whether he stays on as manager.