Baxter wants English coach appointed

Date published: November 12 2015

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter believes England should appoint an Englishman as Stuart Lancaster's successor in Twickenham's hot-seat.

Baxter, who is viewed by many as being suitable for the vacant position, has said he is happy at Exeter as his team sit second in the Premiership.

And with talk of a foreign coach being likely to assume the role, Baxter has stressed that England have men more than capable of doing a great job.

"English coaches are best placed to work on the management of England's best players through into an international environment and get the best out of them," he told BBC Sport as the race for the job heats up.

"Richard Cockerill has had a lot of success at Leicester, Jim Mallinder's done very well over a long period at Northampton.

"There are coaches there who have done their time and I would like to think they would at least get asked, or be thought of as genuine contenders, before we start thinking that we've got to bring in an overseas coach."

Baxter continued by saying that any foreign coach might become frustrated with how the English game is run, which again makes a local choice a sensible option.

"England need to be very careful that they don't think they're going to put a coach into the English game, which is built differently through the Premiership clubs, and think that that guy's not going to get quite frustrated with what he wants to put in place," he added.

"We've got a very challenging structure here at club level.

"It's very pressurised with promotion and relegation between the Championship and Premiership, and that creates new pressures and it creates people who can deal with these things and deal with difficult scenarios.

"I don't see why guys who are flourishing in the Premiership can't go on and flourish in the international environment."