EDDIE JONES is refusing to worry about losing top coach Paul Gustard to Harlequins as it would turn him into a “nut job”.
Quins want Red Rose defence coach Gustard to take over and stop their slide down the Premiership table.
Getty Images – Getty Eddie Jones, right, is refusing to worry about losing Paul Gustard
The former Saracens guru is on a three-man shortlist for the no.1 gig at The Stoop – along with Ben Ryan and Wales opposite number Shaun Edwards.
Gustard is understood to have spoken to chief exec Dave Ellis about a deal.
But Jones has not spoken to his assistant about the Twickenham post – although sources at the club have told SunSport that Gustard is seen as the ideal man to take over from John Kingston.
Aussie boss Jones said:”I don’t deal in rumours. If I dealt in rumours I would be a nut case and I’m close enough to that as it is, so I don’t want to get any closer. If I dealt in rumours I’d see shadows in the corner of every room.
Getty – Contributor Jones claimed he would turn into a ‘nut case’ if he constantly listened to rumours
Getty Images – Getty Paul Gustard is one of three names wanted by the Harlequins
“I don’t have a contingency plan for staff, I don’t have one for every staff member. If a situation arises then I’ll deal with it. I don’t have any plan.
“Everyone is different. Some people want to be a head coach, some people want to be an assistant coach their whole life. I’m not a career development coach.
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“I don’t develop careers for coaches. My job is to win at international level. I appoint the best coaches I can find and then they work with me and we try to win games of rugby.”
England are training in Brighton this week with a mix-match squad ahead of the Barbarians game at the end of the month.
PA:Press Association England are training in Brighton this week ahead of the clash with Barbarians at the end of the month
Getty Images – Getty Jones has named a mix-match squad ahead of their next clash
And Jones added: “We’ve had three good days of training.
“This time of the year it’s always a bit different, particularly this year when there are up to 20 odds players out, which is even more than last year when we had the Lions guys out.
“There are a a few experienced guys at the top, there aren’t many in the middle and then you have the young players. It’s interesting to see how the hierarchy of the team forms and the enthusiasm high.
It also reinforces the depth of talent in the English club game and that the pathways are working.