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Sharks to appoint Smit as CEO

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks on 10 Apr 2013 at 07:19
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Confirmation of a rumour that’s been doing the rounds for some weeks now appears to finally have come, with The Mercury reporting this morning that former Bok skipper John Smit is set to replace Brian van Zyl as CEO of the Sharks.

According to the paper, van Zyl is due to retire in February, but Smit could take over as soon as July, with the Sharks having secured a release from his playing commitments at Toulon next season.

Van Zyl has served the Sharks with distinction over a 20-year career but it has been felt, in recent times, that his authoritarian style may be holding the union back, with many beneath him feeling a little dis-empowered and alienated at times; furthermore, the battle scars of several long-running and occasionally acrimonious disputes with SA rugby’s various ruling bodies over the years have left the Sharks perhaps a little isolated from the mainstream of the game in this country.

Smit, if anything, is a healer and a reconciler and is probably just the man needed to heal any lingering wounds. How, exactly, he aims to replace the business acumen that van Zyl has brought to the post remains to be seen, however.

In a bizarre twist, van Zyl and Smit are both old boys of Pretoria Boys High School.

The Sharks are expected to announce the move today.


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