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Lions will co-operate - coach

2012-11-14 19:06

Cape Town - Lions assistant coach Johan Ackermann insists the players will react positively to coach John Mitchell returning to the union.

Mitchell was suspended in June after players gave a list of grievances to the union president, complaining of the training methods employed by the former All Black.

However, Mitchell was found not guilty of all complaints of misconduct levelled against him and reinstated into his coaching role.

Ackermann, who coached the side during the Currie Cup, said there are a lot of players at the union that weren't involved in the saga.

“We’ve got a lot of new faces," he told the EWN Sport website.

"We have eight signings and those players do not carry any baggage. They are quite keen; we can see that in the way they train and the way they respond.”

Ackermann said he expected those who were present when Mitchell was suspended, to be mature enough to put their issues behind them.

The Lions won’t play Super Rugby next year after being replaced by the Port Elizabeth-based Southern Kings.



 

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Comments
  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-14 19:22

    Good news Johan, set the example the way a leader does. Great to have John back, we need his input for the future.

  • Jason - 2012-11-14 19:34

    Nice to hear sanity has prevailed for once in our country.

  • christi.roestorff - 2012-11-14 20:37

    Respect Mr Ackerman!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-11-14 22:15

    This is excellent news, Ackers did very well in the CC but showed he has still a trick or two he must learn from Mitchell. Hope he learn quick because he will be the long-term future coach for the Lions :)

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-15 05:17

    JOHN MITCHELL TOOK THEM TO LIFTING THE CUP!!!! JOHAN ACKERMAN GOT THEM TO THE SEMI'S JOHN IS CLEARLY THE BETTER COACH

      lesbeen - 2012-11-15 06:39

      Mitchell lost them a plavce in Super rugby... He's not as good as he seems!! Ackers took over from Mitchell in very harsh conditions, Mitch created those conditions!!! Think again...

  • lita.tezapi - 2012-11-15 11:12

    The lions must just call it a day.... Let's go spears

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-15 19:58

      Lita, you must be a rugby lover, not a rugby guru.

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