How much! Farrell stayed at Saracens after RFU offered club just 60k for his services
09:10 GMT, 20 April 2012
The reasons behind Andy Farrell's baffling decision to remain at Saracens and not join Stuart Lancaster's England set-up permanently became clear on Friday after it emerged that the RFU offered a 'derisory' compensation package to the London club for their assistant coach.
Farrell, along with head coach Lancaster and forwards coach Graham Rowntree, was part of the interim team that helped England to achieve a very respectable second place in this year's Six Nations. But while Lancaster and Rowntree were retained in their roles full-time, Farrell announced last week that he would stay at Saracens.
Going nowhere: Saracens rejected the RFU's offer of compensation for Farrell (right)
According to The Times, the RFU offered Saracens just 60,000 to buy out the remaining two years of Farrell's contract, an offer the club felt 'derisory'.
The revelation brings into question once again the management of the RFU, and in particular Rob Andrew.
It is claimed that the RFU's professional game director met Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths on April 9 to discuss Farrell's future, but Griffiths left the meeting incensed at the offer received.
Saracens had previously indicated that they were reluctantly willing to accept Farrell's departure provided a compensation offer was acceptable.
Under fire: Andrew will be criticised again
Andrew was heavily criticised for his handling of Martin Johnson's departure and the leaked confidential reviews of England's disastrous World Cup campaign last year.
England are now left without an attack coach for the summer tour of South Africa. New Zealander Wayne Smith, currently coaching the Waikato Chiefs, is expected to take the role but not until the end of the Super Rugby season in August.
England must therefore make another temporary appointment with former head coach Brian Ashton, World Cup winner Mike Catt and former Wasps fly-half Alex King front-runners for the position.