Mitchell quits Sale Sharks job

2012-12-29 16:20

London - Former All Black coach John Mitchell quit as Sale Sharks head coach on Saturday after just a month in charge of the English Premiership club.

Mitchell led Sale to just their second league win of the season against Worcester on Friday, but less than 24 hours later Sale confirmed the Kiwi had left his role to return to South Africa for personal reasons.

The 48-year-old only joined Sale at the end of November, having previously worked for them on a consultancy basis, as the struggling Sharks battle to avoid relegation from the Premiership.

Sale owner Brian Kennedy said in a statement: "John was brought in on a consultancy basis with a view to the possibility of being employed in a longer term position within Sale Sharks.

"He has had to return to South Africa for personal reasons which we respect. We are grateful for his valuable and insightful contributions albeit for a shorter term than envisaged.

"Steve Diamond, Bryan Redpath and Pete Anglesea will continue to coach the side, implementing many of John's ideas, and building on last night's excellent performance."

Mitchell has a role as technical advisor at the Johannesburg-based Lions, having been moved from his position as head coach last month following a legal wrangle.


  • anele.kunene.52 - 2012-12-29 16:41

    this guy doesnt know what he wants.

      micah.faure - 2012-12-29 21:59

      cant blame him its been raining everyday day here for the past two months ! who wouldn't want to move back to SA ?

  • joe.nina.50 - 2012-12-29 16:51

    Wow, this guy just can't get along with anyone. "Personal reasons", my ass.

  • singatha.jongihlati - 2012-12-29 16:53

    Eish,lucky him,some of us it's a case of i Job yi Job and personal circumstances/reasons take the back burner,but nonetheless a thankless job.Or is it?

      neilza - 2012-12-29 21:31

      Huh u not making sense buddy. What you on about

  • sandile.vanheerden - 2012-12-29 17:01

    Once a Lion always a Lion. Welcome home John.

      shaun.swindon.3 - 2012-12-29 17:24

      Tell Jacque Fourie, Louis Ludi, Willem Alberts, Jano Vermaak, Franco Van Der Merwe, Jean Deysel and Bryan Habana that :)

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 19:20

      Actually he's a Kiwi.and for“ welcome home John”this is SA not NZ.get an education

      roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-29 20:09

      carin i dont think u understand his comment..i gues u must get education.

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-29 20:15

      Roman.caeser it's called AN education.and wake up he IS A Kiwi after all

      Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-29 21:38

      Carin, he meant welcome back home to the Lions

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-30 00:44

      He is gonna coach the Kings!!!HAHAHA!

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-30 12:11

      Adrian getting a bit personal now,hey.You know what they say about assuming things,me being athickBull.hahaha.JM is a kiwi,so his home is NZ.Sandile's post should have read:Welcome back,John.Please help us out of this mess SARU,the Government and old Cheeky and his cronies left us in!!!!! You are a Lion??(See I'm not assuming,I'm asking)

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-30 18:45

      Take it easy Carin beacuse some of these morons struggle to understand themselves!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-03 23:52

      adrian.snyman, there in Tshwane behind the mulletgordyn, the people don't really know how things work in the rest of the world. carin.thickbloubul is just another one of those Tshwane floskoppies..

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-12-29 17:48

    He missed biltong, welcome back JM

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-29 18:09

    Bring back Holleh!

  • craig.j.edmondson - 2012-12-29 18:20

    He's a real tosser this bloke...................

  • kagiso.k.seleka - 2012-12-29 18:57

    Must be a girl, why else would a new zealander want to come back here for personal reasons?

      roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-29 20:11

      theres alot of NZ in south africa and not abt gals.

      brendon.greeff - 2012-12-30 02:40

      I think he's missing Carlos Spencer...

      jeancollinsmulivha - 2012-12-30 21:54

      With no doubt.just like,frenchman,fredrich Michalak..john plumtree married to south african

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-31 14:22

      A bunny

  • phumlani.loliwe - 2012-12-29 20:32

    Miserable weather vs cold beer and braai, really a no-brainer even for a Kiwi!

      neilza - 2012-12-29 21:33

      Nothing stopping you getting a cold beer and having a brain in New Zealand buddy. And the weather aint all that bad

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-30 10:08

      I think Phumlani is implying that the English weather is cr@p, which is very true!

  • andrebotes1982 - 2012-12-29 20:46

    Only lions supporters think this guy is something.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-03 23:54

      Yep, and the results speak for themselves. Where's the Lions now?

  • - 2012-12-29 22:35

    Coming back to SA to start a veggie farm. lol

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-03 23:55

      Veggie farm? Is that what they're using Ellis Park for this season?

  • johannes.eksteen - 2012-12-30 10:21


      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-04 00:00

      Johannes, stop shouting please. He knows how to get useless losers to winning ways????? So their bottom of the log spot in Super 15 was his plan to get some of his players to the Stormers to experience winning ways?

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-30 13:13

    Maybe Mitchell went to join Dolphons as the Sharks were too dangerous for him!

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-30 15:10

      Give this man a Bells.Sicelo.brukwe 4 president!!!!

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-30 16:37

      Give this man a Bells.Sicelo.brukwe 4 president!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-04 00:18

      Why don't you two get a room....

  • ryan.kruger1 - 2013-01-02 15:37

    Hmmm, perhaps he came back to SA to coach the Kings???

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-04 00:03

      It's plausible. He has been coaching bottom-dwelling losers for quite some time now. Plus he is not South African, so he will be a perfect fit in the Kings set-up.

  • vernor.koopman - 2013-01-06 13:27

    He's coming back to camp.maybe he'll catch a lion....what do u think gav

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