Scott Johnson’s chances of becoming the new full-time head coach of Scotland have been given a boost this week after former captain, Andy Nicol, spoke out in support of the interim boss.
It was their highest finish in the Championship since 2006 and Nicol recently told BBC Sport the results prove Johnson is the best man for the job.
“I think Johnson has proved that he has the tactical nous,” Nicol said.
“I think [he and forwards coach Dean Ryan] have laid the foundations for real progress. It would be a bit ludicrous to take away that foundation and start again.”
Indeed, since taking over from Andy Robinson in December Johnson has formed a strong attacking unit that took to the Six Nations this spring with real passion and determination. The Scots overcame Italy and produced a sterling display at Murrayfield during their 12-8 victory over Ireland.
There is still plenty to do if this team is ever going to emulate the success of previous generations but fans in the betting world are becoming increasingly convinced Johnson is the man to take them forward.
Fans of rugby betting will know Johnson is not a coach to be taken lightly after twice guiding Ospreys into the quarterfinals. Their Celtic League Grand Final victory in 2009/10 over Leinster proved Johnson’s credentials as a top-class boss and he rightly joined the Scotland set-up last summer.
In just eight months working with the team, he has gained the respect of Scottish fans, and Betfair Heineken Cup pundits believe that he deserves a full shot as head coach.
With the Lions tour and Heineken Cup now taking priority for many of his men Johnson now has the perfect opportunity to continue setting his plans in place and should not be disturbed.