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.
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."