Should McNamara carry on? The England fans have their say

England enjoyed their first international success for what felt like many years at the weekend, when a fine win over New Zealand sealed a 2-1 series win and meant the team claimed the Baskerville Shield.

That was coach Steve McNamara’s first success as England coach, and coincided with his contract coming to an end.

While some players, such as Ryan Hall, have called for McNamara to stay in place, many fans have voiced a contrary opinion.

So Love Rugby League put the question to Twitter:

 

 

Very much in the same camp as Ryan Hall, is Karl Stephenson (@karlstivi5), who thinks that McNamara should be left in place to continue making progress with the team.

 

 

Allan Roberts (@allanroberts10) showed that he concurs, in a series of articulate tweets, with this one succinctly summing up his views.

 

 

But others, such as Mark Bedford (@MarkyB72), would be pleased to see the back of McNamara, not least due to a percieved bias towards players from certain clubs.

 

 

Sean (@seanwin2509) also wanted to see change, though in favour of Wigan coach Shaun Wane.

 

 

Smudge (@stesmudge) was another who wanted to see change, for a coach who would play an expansive style and who was not based in Sydney.

 

 

Lee Harwood (@lharwood) also wanted to see someone else with a proven track record in charge of the national side.

 

 

Neil Harvey (@Nooli68) perhaps best summed up the mood of fans, with a tweet about uncertainty. While McNamara has now won something with England, there is still some concern about the way he makes decisions about selection, particularly in key positions.

 

 

So the opinion seems split between a defintite desire for change, and a more cautious optimism about McNamara. What is clear, though, is that there remains a persistent doubt about the qualities of the England coach.

Winning more trophies would go a long way to dispelling those doubts, but will McNamara get another chance? Time will tell.

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