Catt will land England job full-time, says London Irish bossBy Alan Manicom
May 02, 2012
Mike Catt will prove he is worthy of a full-time coaching role with England, claims London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith.
Exiles announced yesterday that Catt is quitting his job as the club’s assistant coach to be England’s attack coach on their five-match tour of South Africa next month.
Irish will release Catt from the final year of his contract after their last Aviva Premiership game of the season against Gloucester on Saturday.
Catt, a World Cup winner with England in 2003, will take up his post with the national team on May 7.
Smith, who was England’s attack coach for the last World Cup, said: "It is funny because I have always joked with him that I was keeping the seat warm for him.
"England have got some World Cup-winning players who are now coaches. Catty is one of those.
"I guess this summer is a trial run for him. If things go well I would imagine Stuart Lancaster will want to hold onto him.
"When things went well in the Six Nations Stuart was keen to keep hold of Andy Farrell. Catty has it all to coach for in the summer. We would never stand in his way.
"While it is disappointing to lose a guy who captained this club, there is an opportunity for him to step up.
"It would be crazy for me to stand in his way because I asked the club for permission to leave four years ago to take up the post at the RFU.
"You would have to have your head buried in the sand to think that Mike Catt is not going to fall in love with the job. I told him that it is one of the best in the world.
"I would not be surprised if Catty’s long-term future is with England."