"Serious hole" - Sir Clive Woodward slams Warren Gatland's behaviour following Italy defeat - Ruck

“Serious hole” – Sir Clive Woodward slams Warren Gatland’s behaviour following Italy defeat

Sir Clive Woodward expressed his disappointment with Warren Gatland’s public announcement claiming he offered to resign following Wales’ disappointing loss to Italy.

Gatland revealed that he had discussed resignation with CEO Abi Tierney, only to be informed that it wasn’t the Union’s preference.

However, Woodward, the former England head coach, slammed Gatland’s approach, suggesting that such declarations would hardly reassure fans about the team’s direction.

He wrote in his Daily Mail column: “Wales were awful against Italy. Just so, so bad. It was a tournament to forget for Warren Gatland.

“Wales are having to start again with young players. But to me their next generation does not look strong or fit enough for international rugby right now. 

“They’ve got a huge amount of work to do and are struggling badly at No 10. The two guys they’ve had playing there in this tournament are not currently Test class, not yet anyway and how they are missing Dan Bigger.

“I also wasn’t very impressed by Gatland telling the media he offered to resign after the Italy defeat. After five straight losses it would have been better to tell everyone ‘We are where we are and I will sort this and I hope I have everyone’s, especially the fans’, full support.’

“If he does not think he is the right man for this mammoth task then just resign and walk away. But make no mistake Wales are in a serious hole at the moment.”

Sack race odds: Warren Gatland clear favourite to be axed next

Betting sites have adjusted their odds accordingly, with Gatland’s likelihood of departure shortening from 3/1 just a week ago. Presently, he surpasses Galthie and Scotland’s Gregor Townsend, positioning himself as the prime candidate for an exit from the Six Nations stage.

Six Nations Sack Race Odds:

#6. Andy Farrell (Ireland) – 15/1

Ireland team to play New Zealand

#5. Gonzalo Quesada (Italy) – 12/1