John Mitchell has denied options that he fell out with England boss Eddie Jones despite resigning from his publish as defence coach simply three months after signing a contract extension.
Mitchell has since taken up a job as Wasps assault coach, citing a mix of household causes and bubble fatigue for telling England head coach Jones that he was resigning in May. He strenuously denied a report that Jones had stopped him from watching his son, Daryl, play cricket on a break day.
While he claims to have retained a “very good relationship” with Jones, he admitted he had lost his enjoyment of teaching after a gruelling Six Nations marketing campaign through which England completed fifth. “I wake up and coach every day wanting to enjoy it and wanting to be myself,” Mitchell mentioned in his first public feedback since leaving england. “That’s a very powerful factor to me. I awoke in the future in April, having been excited about it for a month not less than, and simply thought ‘At the end of the day I’ve bought to verify I dwell by what I worth essentially the most’. I believed ‘It’s time to make the precise choice’.
“It was an easy decision actually in the end. I had a normal chat and at the end said ‘Eddie, I’m done, mate, thanks very much. You’ve now got the opportunity to find someone else. You’ve got two years to do that’. I think at 57 years of age I value things differently in my life, and just made a decision that I felt that I wanted to get out of international rugby at that point. And you’re sick of the bubbles, sick of the time away from home and I wanted to look at returning to club rugby.”
Mitchell’s account of his departure just isn’t wholly convincing. The strict Covid-19 bubble restrictions that England operated in in the course of the Six Nations had been considerably eased in the summertime. Club rugby could also be much less intense however it could appear to be way more time consuming than internationals, though Mitchell was capable of watch Daryl play within the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Word of Mitchell’s availability quickly reached Wasps who wanted to changed England-bound assault coach Martin Gleeson. Head coach Lee Blackett and membership director Lawrence Dallaglio led the courting and pulled on Mitchell’s emotional connection to the group he coached in 2000. “I guess the huge persuasion in my decision to come here, after making my decision (to leave England), was the DNA of the club is very much the same as when I was here at Sudbury 21 years ago,” Mitchell mentioned.
Whatever the emotional connection, it’s arduous to disclaim that teaching Wasps, who’ve lost 5 straight video games heading into the Champions Cup conflict in opposition to Munster on Sunday, just isn’t a step down from guiding England to a World Cup ultimate. Yet having expertise the success of an unsuccessful marketing campaign as All Blacks head coach in 2003, Mitchell says he had no qualms about strolling away.
“If a gold medal was important to me and a World Cup, if that was my main priority, then maybe my decision would be different, but I value life more than just winning a World Cup,” Mitchell mentioned. “My life has been exposed before in not winning a World Cup so I know exactly what that’s like. I’m certainly not going to put myself in that situation again.”