The trouble with hiring Smith is he's a better coach and got more experience.
Following on from some remarks on ERE he is also a kiwi so that disqualifies him.
No Opti not comparing SL to MJ, just that the players had equal prep and the knowledge base was there before but it failed with him so to rely onit to make up for SL inexperience is a bit of a leap particularly as Squeaky is involved.
However if a couple of wins against poor opposition marks him out as the outstanding candidate when prior to that he was only DoR for 2 seasons, Promotion then relegation, then thats fine I just expect more from the National Coach of my Country. He gets young players onm side because thats the bulk of his experience, a handful of years as Leeds Academy boss then the various titles with England always working with youngsters he has never built a successful top level team long or short term.
The Summer tour will be a bloodbath. The RFU needs to find him experienced assistants that won't undermine him by obviously knowing more than he does as when it gets difficult it'll be viewed as an in house replacement.
Kick, chase and tackle and team spirit surprised in the 6Nations but a huge styep up is required.