Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ashton and Andrew Can Be Perfect Match ; Hands-On Approach: Brian Ashton Needs RFU Director Rob Andrew Alongside Him If He Is to Take England to the Next Level

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ashton and Andrew Can Be Perfect Match ; Hands-On Approach: Brian Ashton Needs RFU Director Rob Andrew Alongside Him If He Is to Take England to the Next Level

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Byline: Chris Jones

IF IT came down to money Brian Ashton is in the wrong game. The man whoguided England into the Rugby World Cup Final is tomorrow set to be offered aone-year extension to his contract with an annual salary of around [pounds sterling]220,000.

That is equivalent to just two weeks' wages that Fabio Capello will earn asEngland football manager.

The Italian's contract starts at [pounds sterling]4.8million a year, rising to a staggering [pounds sterling]6mif he can repeat the kind of success the rugby team enjoyed in France.

The Football Association fired Steve McClaren and hired Capello in the time ithas taken English rugby to come up with an offer for Ashton, highlighting thesnail-like pace of the Rugby Football Union machine.

Rob Andrew, the RFU elite rugby director, will present his report on England'slatest campaign to the management board tomorrow and then make hisrecommendation about Ashton.

It is expected Andrew will back another one-year contract which is, in effect,a 12-month test of Ashton's ability to come up with a new-look team and producea style of rugby to prove he warrants the responsibility of taking England intothe 2011 World Cup.

The other option is to hand Ashton a contract that takes in the tournament inNew Zealand but having paid an estimated [pounds sterling]500,000 in compensation to AndyRobinson when he left a year ago, the RFU are desperate to reduce theirfinancial risk.

Andrew is also coming around to the idea he must assume the role of teammanager and remove some of the duties from Ashton that the coach finds onerous.

The 61-year-old is looking for job security but has been a victim of the manyproblems caused by the departure of Sir Clive Woodward in 2004..

Woodward, in the joint role of manager and head coach, spent an estimated [pounds sterling]40mover seven years to win the 2003 World Cup, creating a large support staff thatleft the RFU with a huge wage bill. …

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