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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 September, 2004, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Trio out of England running
NIck Mallett
NIck Mallett has ruled himself out of the England running
Nick Mallett has become the third big name to rule himself out of the running to become the next England manager.

The former South Africa coach told the Beeld newspaper: "I find it strange that my name is mentioned every time a national coach decides to resign.

"I had a wonderful time as coach of Stade Francais in France but now I want to find my feet in South Africa again."

Gloucester's Nigel Melville and Rob Andrew of Newcastle have already said they do not want the job.

And Harlequins coach Mark Evans has also wavered over the role, saying he has no plans to apply for a job.

"I think you are either offered the England job or asked to put your name forward," said Evans. "It's not a free-for-all. Until that happens, I'm not going to think about it."

Melville was harder in his stance, saying: "I am more than happy here - I love it. My view is simple. I am under contract with Gloucester and I want to stay here. My priority is the Premiership."

He said he understood the speculation, but there was nothing to it as far as he was concerned.

"People talk about these things from time to time because I suppose my record is pretty good and I have won a few things in my career," said Melville, who is under contract until 2006.

Newcastle boss Rob Andrew, who has been one of Jonny Wilkinson's career mentors, was also keen to distance himself from the rumours.

There will be a huge feeling in football of 'who does this man think he is?'
Will Carling

"I have a contract with Newcastle until 2007 and intend to see it out," he said. "Who knows what will happen after that? There has been a lot of speculation but it is a non-starter," he added.

England star Jason Robinson believes that Woodward's departure, coupled with Lawrence Dallaglio's retirement, would signal a new dawn for the national team.

"Clive will be a huge loss too, but maybe after the World Cup we have fallen away a bit and this is the fresh start we needed," he said.

Former England captain Will Carling told the BBC that Woodward may find it difficult to move into football coaching.

"People do move around the business world, so logically you think people should be able to move around rugby, cricket and football," he said.

"Sport is so emotive. There are so many emotions in football and rugby and that makes it different from business.

"There will be a huge feeling in football of: 'Who does this man think he is?'"




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