Will Greenwood has revealed to Sky Sports that Stuart Lancaster would be his pick to take over at Northampton following Jim Mallinder’s sacking.
Saints sacked Mallinder on Tuesday following their loss to Ospreys in the Champions Cup over the weekend, which was their ninth defeat in their last 10 games in all competitions.
“It’s always difficult to say exactly what’s going on behind those closed doors, but it just looks as though the changing room aren’t responding to what the management are asking,” Greenwood said on The Offload.
“It’s very similar to Andy Robinson back in 2006 – brilliant coach, but sometimes the players have decided it goes in one ear and out the other. What they’ve decided is that what they’re hearing is not who they want to hear it from.
“What tends to happen is that a new man comes in, says virtually exactly the same thing, and you get an immediate response.”
Greenwood says the players have to take some responsibility for the current run of form at the club.
“They’ve got to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror. They were appalling for long periods of that [Ospreys] game, and for long sections of important matches this season.
“They have, as individuals, abdicated responsibility in key games, and with it the losses have followed, they’ve become a habit, and with it the top man eventually has gone.”