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More change on the way


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 Jun 2015 at 19:32
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While we didn’t dwell too much on the story last week, preferring rather to get the Super Rugby campaign out of the way, the time is over-ripe to concentrate on some very important news to come out of Durban.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has been rather vocal this past week about yet another upcoming change to the coaching structures at Kings Park. While the former Bok assistant coach has himself been very hands-on over the course of the Super Rugby campaign, due in no small part to the lack of a suitably qualified head coach in the ranks beneath him, Gold has now confirmed that he will be stepping back into a more traditional Director of Rugby role in the months to come.

In short, it means Gold will not be responsible for the day-to-day coaching of the senior team – rather focusing on structures and coaching development – and it’s expected that this change will come into effect even before this year’s Currie Cup campaign.

The inevitable question, of course, is who the next head coach will be. Reading between the lines, it appears unlikely that any of the current crop of assistant coaches will be asked to step up into the hot seat, meaning the Sharks will go to the market for a new head coach, for the fourth time since axing John Plumtree just 24 months ago. John Mitchell, whose name is inevitably linked with every vacant coaching job within about 6 hours of its announcement, has ruled himself out of contention and with good local options thin on the ground (assuming neither Naka Drotske nor recently-single Frans Ludeke would be in the running) the odds are better than even that an experienced candidate from abroad could be in the running.

With a pressing need to get the new man ensconced soon, you can rest assured that the Sharks must already be close to finding their man and agreeing terms; however, it’s far from clear at this stage who that person is likely to be. We wait on the edge of our seats, hoping against hope that whoever chooses to step into the breach this time has better luck – and more longevity – than the ones who have come before.



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