Michael Cheika lifts lid on Rugby Australia after quitting as head coach

first_imgRugby World Cup 2019 Australia sport “He cares deeply about the Wallabies and the game of rugby, and always set out with the aim of making Wallabies fans proud of the team’s performances,” Castle said. “Michael came into the role at a turbulent time, and experienced immediate success by taking the Wallabies to a World Cup final after only one year in the job. He was later given the ultimate recognition for that achievement by being named World Rugby coach of the year.”Castle confirmed Johnson would lead the process to find a replacement. The New Zealander Dave Rennie, currently coaching the Scottish club Glasgow Warriors, has emerged as the clear favourite. Cheika plans to see out his contract, which finishes on 31 December, to help with any debriefing process.His tenure was marked by the successful 2015 World Cup campaign and a disappointing display at the global tournament in Japan, the respective outcomes marking a gradual decline in the team’s overall performances. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Chieka won’t seek an extension to the five years he has served after the Wallabies were beaten 40-16 by England in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.Less than 24 hours later, the 52-year-old exposed what he said was a dysfunctional relationship with both the chief executive, Raelene Castle, and the chairman, Cameron Clyne. He also said he felt uncomfortable working in the new Wallabies coaching structure in which he was answerable to Scott Johnson, who took up the role of director of rugby early this year.“I think it’s no secret that I’ve pretty much got no relationship with the CEO and not much with the chairman,” Cheika said. “Scott’s a lovely bloke and I get on fine with him, but I’m sort of not really into that type of thing.” Share on Twitter Hide … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sombre swansong for Wallabies greats after Rugby World Cup loss to England Was this helpful? Johnson became one of three selectors and Cheika said having to compromise on elements of his job had a negative effect on him. “I like to take that responsibility. I found also that it changed my normal routine around things,” Cheika said. “Not that my way’s definitely the right way, I’m definitely not saying that, always. But that’s just the way I like to operate.“I’ve always prided myself on not compromising my own values and what I want to do. So I found that a little bit difficult at times, yeah. Play Video Topics Show Australia’s pain self-inflicted in Rugby World Cup loss to England 1:36 ‘I’ve got a soft spot for New Zealand,’ says England’s Eddie Jones ahead of semi-final – video Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Since you’re here… Rugby World Cup Share on Facebook Australia rugby union team Michael Cheika lifted the lid on his broken relationship with Rugby Australia bosses after confirming he will quit as Wallabies coach at the end of the year. Share on LinkedIn Read more Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Support The Guardian Rugby Australia released a statement quoting Castle that didn’t refer to any of Cheika’s criticisms. Castle thanked Cheika for his service and dedication and praised his passion for the role. Rugby union Share via Email Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img

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