King happy to shoulder Saints criticism

Alex King takes full responsibility for Saints' attacking game (picture: Linda Dawson)
Alex King takes full responsibility for Saints' attacking game (picture: Linda Dawson)

Alex King says he takes full responsibility for any criticism Saints have received for their attacking game this season.

And the attack coach is now focusing on helping his side to sharpen up after confirming he will not be joining the England setup.

King had met with new Red Rose boss Eddie Jones, but the former Wasps fly-half stressed that it was purely a conversation about rugby.

And he insists he is fully focused on his job at Saints, who have come under fire for a lack of creativity and, ultimately, tries this season.

They are the second lowest scorers in the Aviva Premiership and had not dotted down in their previous two Franklin’s Gardens games before scoring once in the 8-3 win against Exeter Chiefs on New Year’s Day.

And King said: “All I can do is concentrate on what I need to do here.

“We’ve got a massive game against Leicester on Saturday and that’s all I’m focusing on.

“Our expectations are probably a lot higher than what we’ve produced so far.

“We had a good win last week against Exeter and to be fifth after playing the way we have been is not a bad place to be.

“There’s a lot more to come from this team.

“When we start playing how we know we can and with the hard work we’re putting in, hopefully we can rise up the league.”

Saints are currently fifth heading into this weekend’s east midlands derby at Welford Road.

And King is happy to deal with the criticism that has come his way during the formative stages of this season.

“It comes with the territory,” said the former Clermont Auvergne coach.

“I take responsibility for that (attacking game).

“When it’s going well, the players get the plaudits and when it’s going badly I get it.

“But that comes with the nature of the job and I’ve been in this game a long time.

“It’s easy to look at two months of a season rather than the two and a half years I’ve been here.

“I’m pretty happy with the way the boys work.”