Martin Johnson Resigns As England Rugby Coach (PICTURES)

Rugby Coach Martin Johnson Quits England Post (PICTURES)

Rugby coach Martin Johnson has quit his position as England team manager.

"I think it's in the best interests of myself and the England team that I don't continue on into next year,” he told a press conference.

The 41-year-old ended his three and a half year tenure as England boss following a disappointing world cup in which his team were eliminated by France in the quarterfinals.

The campaign in New Zealand was also dogged by controversy, most notably an episode in which captain Mike Tindall was alleged to have taken part in a “dwarf-throwing contest” in a Queenstown nightclub.

"It's been a fantastic three and a half years," Johnson said. "I've worked with some fantastic players and a great coach and management group.

During his playing days, Johnson won 84 caps for England and captained the side to victory at the 2003 world cup.

However, success as England’s manager proved more elusive, winning only one Six Nations tournament during his time in charge.

"Whilst we've had our most successful season with 10 wins from 13 we are disappointed with how we ended it with the World Cup.

"I think it's the right decision at this time."


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