Mike Catt insists Rob Andrew must install a new crop of young coaches if England are to get the best out of their "golden generation".
Andrew, the Rugby Football Union's elite rugby director, has been holding talks with World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson over the newly-created role of England team manager.
The RFU management board has also approved the appointment of a new specialist coach, with the likes of Shaun Edwards and Austin Healey both linked with the post.
With the likes of Danny Cipriani, Shane Geraghty and James Haskell blazing a trail on the international stage, Catt believes England must fill the management team with stars of the recent past.
"This is as good a generation of young players as I have seen and it's in key positions as well," said Catt.
"The future is very, very good. I can see Shane starting outside Danny, who is very instinctive and you can base a team around him.
"If you get the right guys around him who want to play the way he plays then guys like Paul Sackey, the try scorers, will see more of the ball.
"It's going to take time and they have to be managed properly. That's a big issue at the moment. Who is going to manage them?
"It's vital you have people who are respected but also people that technically know what's going on."
England already have Graham Rowntree on board as forwards coach, while Johnson retired in 2005, Healey in 2006 and former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio quits this summer.
Catt, who has combined his role as a senior player with coaching duties at London Irish, has also been linked.
Despite their varying levels of coaching experience - Rowntree has the most after being part of the World Cup management team - they all boast a close understanding of the modern rugby player and the modern game.
"A lot of young guys now, barring the likes Danny Cipriani and Shane Geraghty, are structured players who you need to tell what to do," said Catt.
"They're not instinctive players any more. That's where guys who have just finished playing the game understand a hell of a lot more than the more senior coaches on how and where to run.
"There's a lot of technical analysis now. The game has moved on massively."
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