After a detailed management review, new RFU chief John Steele made some sweeping changes at Twickenham that included the scrapping of Rob Andrew's role as elite performance director.
Steele has asked Andrew to reapply for a new position - with less responsibility and less pay - while the likes of Sir Clive Woodward, Jake White and Eddie Jones are being touted for a newly-created role of RFU performance director.
Andrew appears fortunate not to have been amongst several Twickenham executives asked to clear their desks, but surely after such a public demotion he will take the decision to part company with the RFU in the not-too-distant future.
OT has never been a great fan of Andrew, as a player or an executive. Indeed, OT still blushes at the long-distant memory of using colourful language as Andrew again kicked away possession while playing for England, only to be scolded by a lady in the row behind that just so happened to be his aunt!
Despite playing in a hugely successful England side, Andrew was uninspiring as a player, and - on the surface - he was uninspiring as the RFU's head of elite performance.
England may recently have turned the corner in terms of results and performance - the Six Nations will tell us more - but overall they have been fairly dreadful since Andrew beat Woodward to the role in 2006.
Results have not been good - fact. But should the finger not be pointed more at the men in change of coaching the England team, and those that appointed them?
Andrew never had responsibility for hiring and firing the head coach and his staff, but under his tenure both Andy Robinson and Brian Ashton - the latter after reaching the 2007 World Cup final - were replaced, before current England boss Martin Johnson was brought in.
OT is not sure what more Andrew could have done to improve England's results. As elite performance director was he responsible for coaching the England team? No.
Was he responsible for influencing the way England played? Perhaps a little, but can you imagine 'Squeaky' squaring up to the mighty Johnson and telling him how to do his job? OT can't.
Was Andrew responsible for the results and performances of the England age group sides? Yes, and there was considerable success at U20 and U18 during his time in charge.
Andrew also brokered the EPS deal between the RFU and Premiership Rugby, which gives the current England coach far greater access to squad members and a say over their fitness and game time. The agreement is working well and for that Andrew deserves huge credit.
Three former England players, now media pundits, were recently asked what the role of the RFU's new performance director should be - none could provide a convincing answer.
Instead they came up with muddled responses that included supporting the head coach, acting as a buffer between head coach and the chief executive, and developing an overall playing strategy.
Well, presumably that is what Andrew, as director of elite performance, was also responsible for, within a much wider remit.
So how will the new performance director's job differ to that of Andrew's - and how will it result in a more successful England side?
Steele has looked to streamline the role and is clearly looking for an individual with more 'vision' than Andrew, but OT still cannot see how the new set-up will work any better.
Surely Johnson would not have taken the job if it meant kowtowing to someone above him when it came to playing matters.
And if England have a decent World Cup this year, then Johnson's hand will be strengthened and the chances of someone influencing his coaching will be even more unlikely.
If the new performance director has the 'vision' to make England more successful, then why does he not just coach the senior side?
OT cannot see how the new structure will return England to the position of dominance they once enjoyed. Nor is it convinced that Andrew can be held responsible for England's lack of success over the last four years.
The senior side are the RFU's shop window. If they are successful that will have a positive affect on the rest of the game in England, as it did during Woodward's tenure.
Maybe there's only one way to get England back to the top of the world game - reappoint Woodward.