WIN! WIN! WIN!

Click and you could have your selfie appear on a Springbok player's Rugby World Cup jersey!

LIVE

    Mitchell saga over 'this week'

    2012-06-27 11:03

    Brenden Nel - SuperSport

    Johannesburg - The Golden Lions hope to have their investigation into the allegations surrounding coach John Mitchell wrapped up by the end of the week.

    According to the SuperSport website, Mitchell is set to then be presented with a charge sheet of the allegations against him, whereby he can defend himself against said charges.

    The Lions took the extraordinary decision to suspend Mitchell last Friday after a group of players complained about him to president Kevin de Klerk.

    De Klerk suspended Mitchell pending the outcome of the investigation into the allegations, which is ostensibly about how Mitchell treated the players.

    While no indication has been given just how serious the charges are, the Lions finally confirmed Mitchell’s suspension in a statement on Monday.

    “The Golden Lions Rugby Union confirmed this morning that John Mitchell, head coach of the Lions team, has been suspended to provide the Union with the opportunity to investigate certain allegations,” the statement read.

    “Lions president, Kevin de Klerk said, “we are fortunate to be in a position where we have two experienced assistant coaches (Johan Ackermann and Carlos Spencer) who are able to step in during this period”.

    “Where necessary, and for the time being, Johan Ackermann (Lions forwards coach), in conjunction with the management team, will make the necessary team related and technical decisions.”

    Mitchell said the matter was now in the hands of his attorneys and he would only respond through them when they believed the time was right.

    Mitchell is known as a disciplinarian coach, but there were few complaints when the Lions won the Absa Currie Cup last year under his leadership.

    De Klerk also told Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie on Monday that the complaints were not criminal of nature, but about how Mitchell handled players.

    “Unfortunately we came into the possession of some allegations that were made about John Mitchell. I convened an urgent Board meeting and subsequently decided, due to the seriousness of the allegations, to suspend John Mitchell with immediate effect,” De Klerk told Radio 702.

    “I wouldn't say it was criminal allegations but certain things around the handling of players and the business of the Lions as well.”

    De Klerk said this was certainly not something the Lions had done on a whim.

    “No ways would this be a knee jerk reaction. We understand players are emotional and people work hard, but there are limits as well. There are certain lines that don’t get crossed in every aspect of life,” De Klerk added.

    He went on to say Mitchell would be presented the allegations at a hearing and would have an opportunity to answer them.

    But De Klerk then went on trying to downplay Mitchell’s role in resurrecting the franchise from bottom of the Super Rugby to Currie Cup champions.

    “There is a machine behind the whole operation that wins the league, it's not just one single person. We’re not playing it down, but in the team dynamic it is a machine that contributes. There are administrative and assistant staff, not to forget the players who are the shop window of the union.”

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    51 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @00:00
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read
    Commented
    /Sport

    Results

    04 July 2015
    27 June 2015
    20 June 2015
    13 June 2015
    12 June 2015
    06 June 2015
    05 June 2015
    30 May 2015
    29 May 2015
    23 May 2015
    22 May 2015
    16 May 2015
    15 May 2015
    09 May 2015
    08 May 2015
    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “Craig Joubert deserves plaudits for making a gutsy call against the home side in the Super Rugby semis, writes Herman Mostert.”

    Opinion Poll

    Super Rugby is a thing of the past. Next up: The Rugby Championship. Who will emerge victorious this season?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.