PA Sport - Sun, 20 Jun 14:24:00 2010
Martin Johnson insists he did not consider quitting his job as†England†manager despite criticism prior to Saturday's win over†Australia†in Sydney.
The England manager had to endure criticism after poor autumn and Six Nations campaigns, before last week's 27-17 first Test defeat against Australia in Perth cast further doubt on his future in the job.
"I never came close to thinking about packing it in," he told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme. "Not seriously. Never."
Jonny Wilkinson's penalty sealed the success on the same ground where the England fly-half's extra-time drop goal secured victory in the 2003 World Cup final over Australia.
It was only the third time that England have beaten Australia Down Under and the first victory against a Tri-Nations team since Johnson's reign began in 2008.
Johnson, who captained the side that won the Webb Ellis Trophy seven years ago, insists any criticism from outside the camp will not affect his management of the team.
"When you're being criticised you just get on with it and get through it," he said.
"You judge yourself and I'm my harshest critic. My coaches will tell me if I'm doing things wrong and that's the way it should work."