Eddie Jones defends his coaching style after heavy criticism of his English diet | Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has defended his coaching methods and the high turnover of backstage staff in response to criticism of his England diet.

A newspaper article published last week used anonymous testimonials from players and former employees to paint a picture of a tense and demanding environment that lacks fun. Jones has just completed rebuilding his coaching staff for the third time with John Mitchell his No.2, the most recent departure after the former All Blacks head coach left for Wasps rather than continuing to oversee defense.

Mitchell’s exit is the latest example of the staff turnover that has persisted since Jones took over in late 2015, with assistant coaches, physios, doctors, analysts and psychologists leaving at a high rate. And while England suffered their worst performance at the Six Nations earlier this year finishing fifth, their head coach remains wary of his managerial style.

“These things happen. Everyone has an opinion on how you operate. I can’t say it’s right or wrong, I try to be a reasonable person,” Jones told BT Sport. “I coached for a good period of time and there were probably times when I wasn’t as nice as I would have liked to be. But I strive to be fair all the time and I can’t wait to see where this team goes.

“The only thing you can do is respond and the only way we will respond is to play good rugby, so that’s what we intend to do.”

‘Brutal’ was one of the words used to describe the way Jones treats his staff, but the 61-year-old said: ‘I think the fact that I was a coach during that time would indicate that it’s not is not the truth.. Has there been high staff turnover?There has been turnover in some areas where we have sought to renew staff.

“This is my sixth year in this position and you would expect that from your support staff. I think we have very good staff here and we appreciate their hard work.

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Jones bristled when asked if he considered himself “old school”. ” No I will not. At all. And I don’t even know what that means. Some of the best old school coaches are the best coaches,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bristol scrum-half Harry Randall has pulled out of the England squad to face Tonga on Saturday with a hip flexor injury. Harlequins winger Louis Lynagh and Northampton’s Alex Mitchell have been added to a 35-man practice squad. Lynagh – whose father, Michael, played for Australia – is also eligible to play for Italy.