Northampton won’t stand in King’s way

Date published: December 15 2015

Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has given assistant coach Alex King the club's blessing to link up with England should the RFU make an approach.

King has been linked with an attacking/skills coaching role in Eddie Jones' new coaching set-up.

The former Wasps and England fly-half has built up his experience with Clermont and Northampton since retiring after a successful club career.

Mallinder admitted that losing someone like King mid-season would be disruptive but the club also would not stand in his way.

“We’ve had no official approach from the RFU, but I am aware that Alex is going to have a conversation with Eddie Jones some time this week,” Mallinder told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

“It’s not ideal, middle of the season, distractions with the though of losing one of your best coaches, but we know what happens nowadays.

“If a job becomes available for Alex – and at the moment he’s not spoken to him (Jones) as yet – then as a club we wouldn’t stand in his way."

Paul Gustard, the Saracens defence coach, has also been linked with a role in Jones' coaching staff to join Steve Borthwick.