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Leave Meyer alone

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Jan 2009 at 11:06
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You know I have never been the world’s biggest fan of Heyneke Meyer’s coaching style. Aside from that, I have nothing but deepest sympathy for the situation in which the former Bulls supremo finds himself and my wish is that everyone would afford him the space he needs while he supports his family through an undoubtedly difficult time.

There was a shockingly speculative article on Keo this weekend, linking Meyer with a Director of Coaching role at the currently defunct Southern Spears. To make matters worse, the writer, Simon Borchardt, chose to reveal details about Meyer’s family circumstances that have to date remained private, as well they should have. I guess about the only saving grace here is that Borchardt’s version of these particular events is likely to be about as accurate as most other things he writes.

Have you no decency, man? Last time I checked, you were still pretending to be a Bulls supporter. How about affording your most successful coach ever a little common courtesy and basic human dignity?

As for the job itself, the ultra-reliable Jan de Koning of Rugby365 cites a source close to Meyer in dismissing it as “premature speculation”. Let’s not forget that Meyer is currently in the first year of a very lucrative three-year deal with the Tigers in Leicester. Shallow media speculation about him entertaining other job offers while on compassionate leave from his (very supportive) current employer casts huge aspersions on the character of the man and, as such, are potentially very damaging to his reputation.

SARU boss Oregan Hoskins has apparently also poo-pooed the speculation, mostly on the basis that the Spears currently don’t really exist anyway and that even if they did, SARU themselves would have absolutely no say in appointing any of the coaching staff anyway.

So, all I ask is that we allow Heyneke Meyer all the time, space and (most importantly) good wishes that we can until his family situation improves to the extent that he can start to think about being a rugby coach again. All the best, Oom Heynie!


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