Wasps flanker Lawrence Dallaglio has backed Rob Andrew as the ideal man for the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) newly created post of director of elite rugby.
Andrew has emerged as the favourite for the role, which involves managing English representative rugby at all levels.
The former England fly-half is currently employed as Newcastle director of rugby and has a wealth of experience as both a player and coach.
"Rob has all the necessary weapons in his armoury to cope with whatever problems came his way," Dallaglio told Sky Sports News.
"He has played at World Cups, he has operated at the highest level - which I think is important - not only for one or two years but for a sustained period of time.
"And after that he became director of rugby with Newcastle for the best part of 10 years."
Dallaglio feels Andrew will be able to improve the troubled relationship between the RFU and the Guinness Premiership clubs.
Since England's World Cup win in 2003, there have been several damaging disputes between the two sides over issues such as player availablity and compensation.
"I think he is going to be seen as a figure who has empathy on both sides of the line," added Dallaglio.
"That is important because the reason we were successful at the World Cup was that Clive Woodward was able to create a partnership between club and country.
"Since his retirement that has not really been as strong as it could have been."
Rob Andrew? Ideal? I guess it must be his extrordinary managerial record making the arseholes think that. <_<