16/11/2011

Johnson Resigns As England Coach

Martin Johnson has resigned from his post as manager of England's rugby union team after a disappointing World Cup campaign and a number of player controversies.

Johnston's contract was due to expire at the end of the year but after considering his future, Johnson informed the Rugby Football Union of his intention to stand down.

Martin played for England from 1993 to 2003, and as captain of England, led them to victory at the 2003 World Cup. The forty-one-year-old was awarded the CBE in the 2004 and was second in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in the same year.

After being named as coach 2006, Johnson led England side to win the 2011 Six Nations title, despite losing 24-8 to Ireland on the final weekend of the competition where they were denied the Grand Slam.

Johnson's decision followed their poor World Cup, which ended with a 19-12 quarter-final defeat to France and featured a series of on and off-field controversies.

A series of reviews into the team's conduct into the campaign are expected to be held.

Acting chief executive Martyn Thomas stepped down in recent weeks, while stand-in captain Mike Tindall was been removed from the elite player squad and fined £25,000 for his conduct in New Zealand.

Johnson and the Rugby Football Union's director of elite rugby Rob Andrew will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 4pm.

(DW)

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