Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he should have quit the job in early 2019 after Rugby Australia brought in Scott Johnson as director of rugby and introduced a three-man selection panel.
Cheika stayed in the job until the World Cup in Japan later in the
year and quit after the Wallabies were thrashed 40-16 by England in the
The 53-year-old, however, told Britain’s The Times newspaper he
should have stood down earlier, because he felt that Rugby Australia’s
management had lost confidence in him.
“In a footy team there can only be one boss, that’s all there is to
it,” Cheika told the Times. “I should have left because that shows they
didn’t trust me anymore.”
RA appointed Johnson following a review into the Wallabies’ 2018
season when they lost nine of their 13 test matches and there were
suggestions Cheika would be sacked.
The former Leinster and New South Wales Waratahs coach added while he
did not agree with the decision to appoint Johnson, he had felt he
could get the team to perform well enough to clinch their third World
Cup title in Japan.
Cheika, however, ended his tenure as coach with a parting shot at RA
management, saying he had virtually no relationship with then Chief
Executive Raelene Castle and Chairman Cameron Clyne, who have both since