Eddie Jones would be inheriting a very good side if made England's new head coach, James Haskell tells talkSPORT
Eddie Jones will be taking over a hugely talented squad IF he is appointed England's new head coach, according to Wasps and 62-cap Red Rose flanker James Haskell.
That is despite enduring their worst ever World Cup campaign under Stuart Lancaster last month, as they crashed out of the pool stages on home soil.
Lancaster inevitably parted company with the RFU last week and English rugby union's governing body have their search for his successor under way.
Montpellier boss Jake White has thrown his hat into the ring for the post, but 55-year-old Australian Jones, currently at South African side the Stormers, is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to become England's first foreign head coach.
His appointment is expected on Friday, and Haskell believes it represents a good move for English rugby.
"I haven't paid too much attention to what's going on because if you worry about things you can't control you'll go mad," Haskell, 30, told TalkSport’s Hawksbee and Jacobs.
"I have obviously seen different names put into the hat.”
"Eddie Jones is a fantastic coach. He has a lot of experience and he has worked very well for the Japanese and from what i have heard he has got a very tough work ethic. He pushes himself and he has obviously been very successful. I have met him a few times and he is a very good guy."
Jones did a sterling job with Japan's national team, guiding them to the 2015 Rugby World Cup - including pulling off a shock 34-32 win over South Africa - before signing a deal with the Stormers in September and Haskell added:
"Whoever they get in will be well thought out...but the biggest thing is not necessarily who the coach is.
It is important to realise that, yes, the World Cup didn't go well but there is still a pool of very, very good players. We actually have got a very, very good side there and just because the World Cup happened doesn't mean all that talent has disappeared.”
"We are not quite in the doldrums like everyone has been making out - you have to smile because it is easy during that period for pundits but those to say because it gets headlines and sells papers.
But those that are realistic look at the squad and look at the Premiership and we have so much quality.”
“Whoever comes in, England is in a good place."
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