Currie Cup

Gold, Mitchell in line for Jake's job

2014-09-30 14:31
Gary Gold (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Gary Gold and John Mitchell are the early favourites to replace Jake White as Director of Rugby at the Sharks, Tuesday's Cape Times reports.

This follows Monday's shock announcement that White had parted ways with the Sharks after only a season in charge.

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 (World Cup) tournament in England."

However, it is believed that White had become unpopular among Sharks management and players and he may have been forced out.

Gold, a former Springbok assistant coach, appears to be the frontrunner to replace White as Super Rugby coach, while former All Black and Golden Lions coach John Mitchell could also be in the running.

White led the Sharks to the semi-finals of the Super Rugby competition earlier this year before taking a more advisory role during the Currie Cup campaign, with Brad MacLeod-Henderson taking over the first team coaching duties, with Sean Everitt and Paul Anthony his assistants.

The last-mentioned trio will again be assistants under a new head coach during next year's Super Rugby competition.

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