Management and Personnel under Scrutiny
Llewellyn, David, The Independent (London, England)
Everyone is entitled to a bad day at the office, but not all at the same time. And not quite as bad as this was. The howls of rage and jeers of derision which hounded England's players into the tunnel after one of their most inept performances yet suggest that the country has had a bellyful of bull.
You can talk a great game until forever, but it seems in the last 18 months or so that while England's management has done the talking the rest of the rugby world - most notably the southern hemisphere, which also includes a much-improved Argentina - has put the theory into practice.
In an office environment, when a problem is identified it is management's job to solve it, and generally quickly. If a staff member is not producing the goods you can be sure that in the commercial world changes in personnel will follow. Well, out there it is a professional world; mistakes cost money. It is now also a commercial world in rugby yet Jack Rowell, high-powered executive in the business world, admitted after Saturday's sorry affair: "We have not resolved certain issues, but they are not going to be readily resolved. You are not going to resolve them in three weeks." No one expected Rowell and his colleagues to achieve it in that short time. But fans - the 57,000 or so who bothered to go - left Twickenham questioning whether England will ever get things right. And they are well aware that in fact Rowell has had a great deal longer than three weeks to solve the issues - the back-row and the half-backs as well as the over-abundance of centres. How much longer must the rugby public be treated to the line, now wearing extremely thin, that England can go on and learn from this? That tired old phrase is being repeated after every match, win or lose. The scrum-half Andy Gomarsall said after the game: "I was pleased with my performance today. It was a stronger performance than the one against the New Zealand Barbarians. I feel that I …
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Publication information: Article title: Management and Personnel under Scrutiny. Contributors: Llewellyn, David - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: December 16, 1996. Page number: s15. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.