Rugby

Gary Gold ponders Kings job

2014-01-10 10:16
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Cape Town - Former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold is considering whether or not to take on the head coaching position at the Eastern Province Kings.

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According to Die Burger's website, Gold was in Port Elizabeth on Thursday and held discussions with captain Luke Watson and other key figures at the union.

The Kings reportedly started showing interest in Gold since their Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, left for Edinburgh in August last year.

And when head coach Matt Sexton resigned in December to return to New Zealand, the Kings upped the ante in their pursuit of Gold, even more after he was released from his Director of Rugby position at English club, Bath.

But Gold appears sceptical about undertaking the role at the Kings.

"A big part of my life is still in England. In fact, I'm going to Bath next week as my family still live there.

"I'm here to chat with my friends at the Kings about what their vision for the future is. The plan is also for me to share a few of the ideas I applied at Bath."

Gold also hinted that he'd like to see the Kings play in the Currie Cup Premier Division.

As it stands, they will play in the First Division this year - but a possible re-vote could see them enter the top flight.

"It makes a lot of sense that the Kings compete in the Premier Division. You need that type of competitive rugby in this part of the world," said Gold.

The Kings recently appointed Michael Horak and Tiger Mangweni as defence coaches, while Carlos Spencer will be the backline coach.

Should Gold decide to join the Kings, he will in all likelihood only arrive in mid-year, which should see Spencer also fulfil the role of head coach in the Vodacom Cup.

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