Flood: Farrell's a big loss
Tigers fly-half believes it is a shame Farrell said no
Last Updated: 16/04/12 10:31am
Andy Farrell: Tody Flood believes it is a 'big loss' Saracens head coach not staying on with England
England and Leicester Tigers fly-half Toby Flood believes Andy Farrell's decision to reject England to remain with Saracens is a 'big loss'.
Farrell was part of Stuart Lancaster's interim coaching set-up for the RBS Six Nations, a campaign in which England finished a credible second - their only loss coming to champions Wales.
Despite being expected to remain part of Lancaster's team after landing the job permanently the 36-year-old Saracens head coach has opted to stay at Vicarage Road to complete unfinished business.
"The way he inspires the guys and his ability to get the best out of people will be a big loss, but I guess the RFU have a couple of other coaches in their sights."
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Flood is of the firm belief the former Wigan Warrior has taken to coaching like a 'duck to water' and felt it would be a natural progression that he stayed on with Lancaster and Graham Rowntree.
"Having played with Andy and seen how he coaches, he looks as though he has taken to it like a duck to water," commented Flood in the Daily Mail.
"The way he inspires the guys and his ability to get the best out of people will be a big loss, but I guess the RFU have a couple of other coaches in their sights.
"It was one of those things that you thought those three would come as a package. But obviously Andy felt it was not right in terms of his evolution as a coach.
"It will be a shame not to have him there, but we still have Graham, who's an outstanding coach, and Stuart who has run the team really well."