2022 has not been a good year for Eddie Jones.
Already under pressure in his role as England head coach after a disappointing run last year, he had claimed that the team were in a good position as he geared them towards the World Cup in France. However, there have been few signs that they will peak ahead of that tournament.
Not only were England very disappointing in the Six Nations for the second consecutive season, but their results in the autumn also left plenty to be desired. While they would manage an unlikely draw with New Zealand, they would also fall to lacklustre defeats against Argentina and South Africa.
This has piled further pressure on Eddie Jones, with Clive Woodward among his biggest critics.
Eddie Jones responds to Clive Woodward criticism
Woodward has been calling out the Aussie for some time now, believing that the team are going backwards under his leadership. He has called for him to be sacked, hammering Conor O'Shea the RFU for allowing him to continue in the role.
Jones has now responded to the criticism.
Speaking to Men's Health, the England coach labelled Woodward as 'sad' and claimed that he is currently at his coaching peak.
I feel sad for him (Woodward). If that is the best thing he has to do in his life, then he hasn’t a lot to do.
I’m 62 now and I think in pure coaching terms I am coaching better than I ever have. Results aren’t always perfect, but I’m happy with how I have been coaching.
After this, I want to do something really meaningful. I’ve enjoyed England a lot, it was a bit of a rescue job at the start, now rebuilding, and I am confident I will leave things in good shape.
While Eddie Jones will have confidence that he can turn things around ahead of the World Cup, there have been few signs of any sort of resurgence for England under his leadership.
You get the sense his tenure in charge of the country could be about to peter out in a rather unspectacular fashion.