A remarkable story has emerged this evening concerning under-fire England head coach Eddie Jones.
The Telegraph's Ben Coles reported earlier that Jones' closest advisor, former journalist David Pembroke, has been commenting under articles from the Times, and accusing the head of the RFU, Bill Sweeney, of leaking information to a Times journalist.
Pembroke labelled Sweeney as 'Slippery Bill', and accused him of giving information regarding the recent departure of England team doctor, Dr. Richard Tingay.
Pembroke wrote in his since deleted comment: "There is only one question now and it is a question of governance. The chairman of the RFU must ask the CEO of the RFU did he or persons on his behalf leak the information published in the Times today about the hockey coach and the doctor? Simple. If answer [sic] is yes. "Slippery" Bill is a goner."
Eddie Jones Advisor Calls Out RFU Chief Executive
Eddie Jones on The High Performance Podcast last year: "I’ve got a guy called David Pembroke in Australia who cultivates the media strategy. And I don’t follow it 100%, as some of the ideas are way out here, but he wants to control the environment" https://t.co/Si7sSHl3CQ
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Eddie Jones described the role of Pembroke in a Times Sport podcast last year, and made reference to his 'out there' ideas.
"I’ve got a guy called David Pembroke in Australia who cultivates the media strategy," said Jones. "And I don’t follow it 100%, as some of the ideas are way out here, but he wants to control the environment."
Coles' article also states that Pembroke has since apologised to Sweeney, and that the chief executive has accepted the apology.
However, it adds growing concern to the England camp, not only because of their run of terrible form, but because of Eddie Jones' history of poor relationships with members of his staff.
With the World Cup just a year away, the same question keeps being asked: will Eddie Jones keep his job, or will England risk hiring a new coach with?