March 18, 2012
Stuart Lancaster, interim head coach of England, celebrates with his players. Photo: Getty Images
LONDON: Nick Mallett all but gave up on becoming England's next permanent coach after they finished the Six Nations with a dominant 30-9 win over Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.
Victory gave Stuart Lancaster, appointed interim coach for the Six Nations following Martin Johnson's post-World Cup resignation, his fourth win from five matches in charge, with the lone defeat against Grand Slam champions Wales.
England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) have still to announce a full-time successor to Johnson.
But former South Africa and Italy boss Mallett, believed to be the lone realistic candidate rivalling Lancaster for the permanent England post, sounded resigned to not getting the job.
"You can't see the RFU wanting to change a coach when you look at the team and how happy they are," he told South African television in remarks relayed via Twitter.
Lancaster, speaking at a post-match news conference, said: "I've just got to trust in the process. I've been on the other side of the fence interviewing people and I've just got to trust in the process.
"Now I will just enjoy the moment."
England have long said they would like to have a new full-time coach in charge by the time they tour South Africa in June.