Jones’ relationship with England fans broke down: Monye
England manager Eddie Jones must win over disenchanted fans if he is to survive a period of pressure and scrutiny and lead the team to the Rugby World Cup, former England legend Ugo Monye says.
England have won just five of their 12 Tests this year, with France, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Australia and Argentina all inflicting defeats.
“Fans don’t buy into it anymore,” Monye he told Rugby Union Weekly.
“The first thing Eddie Jones needs to fix is this relationship.”
England were booed off the Twickenham pitch by some fans after their final defeat of the autumn against the Springboks on Saturday, and the Rugby Football Union had their say. he sympathized with disgruntled supporters and announced a review of a series of “really disappointing” results.
They have followed the speculation that RFU chiefs could end Jones’ seven-year reign and bring in a new manager just over nine months before the start of the Rugby World Cup in France.
“If he leaves, I think there will be people who will say it should have happened sooner as the Six Nations is in two months’ time and then a World Cup,” Monye said.
“With poor results and poor performances, you need a sense of faith backed by more than just a sentiment – there has to be something tangible behind it.
“At the moment it is difficult to find such tangible evidence.
“I don’t think anyone is saying Eddie Jones is a bad manager, he has an incredible proven track record.
“But if I look at football… Jose Mourinho is a great manager, but that relationship ran its course at Chelsea and other clubs.
“I look at Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. He did so many incredible things, he was behind the Invincibles. [the unbeaten Premier League champions of 2004]but he was there too long and had to go.
“There are so many examples of world-class coaches staying too long.”
Jones has a very impressive record at the Rugby World Cup. As well as leading England to the finals in Japan in 2019, he finished runners-up to Australia in 2003.
He was part of the backroom staff that helped South Africa to the title in 2007 and produced a famous win over the Springboks as Japan coach in 2015.
Scrum-half Danny Care, who has won 34 of his 87 England caps under Jones, said performances this autumn suggested problems behind the scenes, although his personal experience of working with the Australian was very positive
“Eddie has been my best manager as an England player,” he told Rugby Union Weekly.
“He sees things in the game that a lot of other people I’ve worked with don’t see.
“Obviously there are issues in this field, whether it’s a matter of trust or clarity, I’m not sure.
“When I came back into the squad in the summer [tour of Australia] for three tests the harmony of the camp was astonishing.
“The manager-player relationship was great. I thought Eddie was different from the last time I worked with him [in 2018].
“He was much more accepting of the players being who they wanted to be, he wanted the players to go out and lead the squad, it was a very player-led environment.
“I don’t know what’s happened this fall, but you look at the results and the performances and they’re not good enough.”