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Point
23rd-April-2011, 20:06
Nick Mallett's tenure as Italy coach will come to an end after this year's World Cup, the Italian Rugby Federation has announced.


The South African's contract expires at the end of the tournament that will be staged in New Zealand.


Italy beat France for the first time in this year's RBS Six Nations but that proved to be their only victory and the Azzurri finished with a wooden spoon for the second straight time.


A statement from the FIR said: "The president of the Italian rugby Federation Giancarlo Dondi met coach Nick Mallett today to inform him personally of the decision taken by the federal council regarding his eventual contract extension.


"The president has thanked the coach for the work done in charge of the national team and for what he will do until the end of his contract, which will expire after the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand in the months of September and October.


"The decision taken by the federal council is not to continue with Nick Mallett after his contract expires."


The FIR said that from past experience, they felt it benefited the national team to change the coach after one had been in charge for several years.


Mallett, 54, replaced Pierre Berbizier as Italy coach in October 2007 and had expressed his wish to continue to guide the Azzurri beyond this year.


The statement continued: "The decision by the federal council is based on past experience, of how a relation of more than four years in charge of the national team may not bring the wanted results."


Perpignan manager Jacques Brunel has been strongly linked with the Azzurri hotseat.





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The Outlaw
23rd-April-2011, 20:07
Nick Mallett's tenure as Italy coach will
come to an end after this year's World Cup, the Italian
Rugby Federation has announced.


The South African's contract expires at the end of the
tournament that will be staged in New Zealand.


Italy beat France for the first time in this year's RBS Six
Nations but that proved to be their only victory and the
Azzurri finished with a wooden spoon for the second
straight time.


A statement from the FIR said: "The president of the
Italian rugby Federation Giancarlo Dondi met coach Nick
Mallett today to inform him personally of the decision taken
by the federal council regarding his eventual contract
extension.


"The president has thanked the coach for the work done
in charge of the national team and for what he will do until
the end of his contract, which will expire after the 2011
World Cup in New Zealand in the months of September and
October.


"The decision taken by the federal council is not to
continue with Nick Mallett after his contract expires."


The FIR said that from past experience, they felt it
benefited the national team to change the coach after one
had been in charge for several years.


Mallett, 54, replaced Pierre Berbizier as Italy coach in
October 2007 and had expressed his wish to continue to
guide the Azzurri beyond this year.


The statement continued: "The decision by the federal
council is based on past experience, of how a relation of
more than four years in charge of the national team may
not bring the wanted results."


Perpignan manager Jacques Brunel has been strongly
linked with the Azzurri hotseat.


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The italians have an extraordinary capacity to shoot
themselves in the foot dont they.

Point
23rd-April-2011, 20:09
The italians have an extraordinary capacity to shoot
themselves in the foot dont they.


They sure do, but their loss will be someone else's gain !

McCloud
23rd-April-2011, 20:21
<BR sab="1080"><BR sab="1081">The italians have an extraordinary capacity to shoot <BR sab="1082">themselves in the foot dont they.
They sure do, but their loss will be someone else's gain !





Strange, internal politics I guess...

Speedy
23rd-April-2011, 20:31
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They just can't resist hitting the self-destruct button every now and then. That team is getting better year on year.

"The decision by the federal
</span><br style="font-style: italic;">council is based on past experience, of how a relation of
</span><br style="font-style: italic;">more than four years in charge of the national team may
</span><br style="font-style: italic;">not bring the wanted results."</span>

With all due respect, what the f**k do they know

mr chips
23rd-April-2011, 20:33
There'll probably be a lot of calls for him to come here. Think he did a lot for the Azzurri with the material he had to work with, certainly got them playing to their strengths - suppose he wouldn't be the worst option.

The Outlaw
23rd-April-2011, 20:48
There'll probably be a lot of calls for him
to come here.* Think he did a lot for the Azzurri with the
material he had to work with, certainly got them playing to
their strengths - suppose he wouldn't be the worst option. *


This is a guy who trained a team to beat France with one
player who'd make the french team. The Italian Federation
seem to think they are World Cup Contenders or something

Christy
23rd-April-2011, 21:17
It is reported that Fiat are contenders to take up the Celtic Leagues sponsorship if that is the case it may also be possible that they are going to bank roll Italian rugby.So I wouldn't be surprised to see a big name replacement for Nick Mallett and amongst the runners could be Michael Cheika who is an Italian speaker as well

Hugonaut
24th-April-2011, 03:38
It is reported that Fiat are contenders to take up the Celtic Leagues sponsorship if that is the case it may also be possible that they are going to bank roll Italian rugby.So I wouldn't be surprised to see a big name replacement for Nick Mallett and amongst the runners could be Michael Cheika who is an Italian speaker as well


Jacques Brunel from Perpignan has been linked with the post since Christmas. It's in the article, at the end.

Daithi
29th-April-2011, 12:08
There'll probably be a lot of calls for him
to come here. Think he did a lot for the Azzurri with the
material he had to work with, certainly got them playing to
their strengths - suppose he wouldn't be the worst option.


This is a guy who trained a team to beat France with one
player who'd make the french team. The Italian Federation
seem to think they are World Cup Contenders or something


I can see the logic in the italian federations approach, exactly which International coach has continued to perform in the same role after 4 years???


Exactly, I can't think of any. Even at club level, Guy Noves stands out, where nearly all other coaches seem to need the change of scenery or perhaps its the players. Retaining EOS after RWC07 was one of the silliest moves ever from the IRFU. The Italian federation are probably right. I wish them and Nick Mallet good luck in the next phase of their respective developments.