Lawrence Dallaglio believes the Rugby Football Union should appoint a director of international rugby as part of "inevitable" changes to the England management structure.
The RFU's management board met yesterday to discuss recommendations made by Club England following a post-Six Nations review.
It is understood head coach Andy Robinson is safe, but his lieutenants - Joe Lydon, Phil Larder and Dave Alred - could be less secure.
Brian Ashton, widely considered the best attacking strategist in the northern hemisphere, is thought to be in line for a return to the England setup in place of Lydon.
Saracens' Mike Ford, a defence specialist, former Leicester coach John Wells and kicking guru Jon Callard have also been linked with roles in a new-look set-up, though not necessarily on a full-time basis.
But Dallaglio believes it will take more than just a coaching reshuffle to fix England's woes.
Robinson has frequently asked for a director of rugby to fulfil the political demands of the role, while he sticks to the hands-on coaching.
"The accountability of the whole structure needs examination," said Dallaglio.
"We have a chief executive [Francis Baron] who does a fantastic job but his job is also to get involved in rugby matters, which seems strange."