WORCESTER Warriors chief Dean Ryan is leading the calls for Stuart Lancaster’s reign as England head coach to come to an end.
The ex-England number eight blasted Lancaster for “muddled selection” and said he was “not a fan” of Sam Burgess’ inclusion in the national team.
Ryan said he had “no doubt” Lancaster would be relieved of his duties after England’s exit from the World Cup following a 33-13 defeat to Australia at Twickenham.
“The gulf in class was just so easy to see,” said Ryan.
“It highlighted some of the things which have been a thread through Lancaster for 18 months.
“Muddled selection has been his way throughout, a back five of the scrum who can’t compete with the best in the world and, without Dylan Hartley, we are not the best scrum around.”
He added: “I think a huge amount will happen. I have no doubt that Lancaster will go.
“It depends on the clauses in his contract in reality, but I think he probably will go — and I think he has to.”
England’s World Cup campaign lasted just 16 days and they became the first host nation to fail to reach the knockout stages.
England were drawn alongside Australia, Wales and Fiji — all ranked in the top nine in the world — plus Uruguay, in Pool ‘A’.
Ryan, who has led Warriors back to the Aviva Premiership after relegation two seasons ago sons ago, believes RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie and professional rugby director Rob Andrew must be held accountable for appointing Lancaster as Martin Johnson’s permanent successor.
“We need to look at who is making the appointment,” said Ryan.
“Whoever Ian Ritchie and Rob Andrew asked for advice, they’ve got it wrong.
“So why are we going to allow them to make the next appointment?
“We have to look at the whole process before we move on.
“With Stuart Lancaster, we have clearly not got the experience of (Warren) Gatland, (Joe) Schmidt or any of those big boys.
The time before that we had Martin Johnson who had never been in a coaching capacity.”
Ryan admitted he didn’t support Lancaster’s decision to pick rugby league convert Burgess, who plays domestically for Bath.
“When you watch him live, there’s a huge amount of error around him,” said Ryan.
“When you watch him on television he’s active and knocks people over. But when he goes in, he makes defensive errors and compromises people around him.”
Ryan believes England’s coaching structure under Clive Woodward, who guided the nation to the World Cup in 2003, was a good model.
“One of the best eras was in 2003 – we had a charismatic leader and two of the best coaches in Andy Robinson and Brian Ashton sat underneath,” said Ryan.
“Is that what we need?
“We need a coach who makes this group of players better.
“Forget all the cultural bits – it’s about making players better and we are going to have to scour the world to do that.”