Currie Cup

Mitchell backed for Jake's job

2014-10-01 14:37
John Mitchell (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Golden Lions and All Blacks coach, John Mitchell, has been installed as the favourite to take over from Jake White as Director of Rugby at the Sharks.

According to leading SA bookmakers, sportingbet, Mitchell has been installed as a 15/8 favourite to succeed White who sensationally stepped down from the role on Monday.

Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett is next in line at 5/2, followed by Gary Gold and Brendan Venter at 5/1.

Former Sharks stalwart Dick Muir can be backed at 7/1.

The reasons for White's sudden departure are varied.

It is believed that the real reason why White left was because there was growing discord between him and his backroom staff, as well as with the players.

According to Beeld, senior players saw White as a school principal who dealt with them as though they were his pupils.

However, in their official statement on the matter, the Sharks said "the time is right for Jake to free himself up for any international coaching and consulting opportunities ahead of the 2015 (World Cup) tournament in England."

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