Lions sack Spencer, Taylor

2012-08-02 13:27

Johannesburg - The Lions' coaching concerns were compounded on Thursday after the rugby franchise announced that assistants Carlos Spencer and Wayne Taylor had been sacked.

"The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced this morning that MTN Lions coaches Carlos Spencer (backline coach) and Wayne Taylor (conditioning coach) had their contracts terminated," the union said in a statement.

The Lions said Spencer and Taylor had been given notice of dismissal on Monday.

Head coach John Mitchell was suspended in June, following allegations of a player revolt, and was replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Johan Ackermann.

Last season, Mitchell guided the Lions to their first Currie Cup title since 1999, but they ended the recently concluded Super Rugby campaign at the bottom of the log, having won only three of their 16 fixtures.


  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-02 13:40

    the GLRU really makes it difficult for supporters!!!

      david.w.bakker - 2012-08-02 16:15

      Anybody want my season tickets. How are earth does the management think that they will still have supporters. WTF are they doing.

      bertie.brink - 2012-08-03 09:54

      I'm not interested in the lions anymore. they destroy the little bit of good they have and this is all because of bad management. why should we support/spend money to go watch them. Strauss quits as captian if i were him i would be looking to club rugby in UK. sad to see such a greate GLRU union going to waist!

  • ryno.ludick.5 - 2012-08-02 13:42

    What a bunch of idiots, no wonder they so sad to say i am a Lions supporter, but they messing around, gonna burn my Lions jersey!!!!!!!!

      leigh.mapu - 2012-08-02 13:55

      Woh woh, lets not do anything we might regret ryno, I'm sure the jersey is just as dissapointed as you. Come home and sort out the Blues Carlos.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-02 14:39

      What every you do don't burn your Lions jersey. I've heard they make really good cleaning rags.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-08-03 07:50

      Ryno why don't you join the Bulls?

      cap.mor.5 - 2012-08-03 09:53

      EP Kings are looking for supporters.

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-02 13:47

    Wow, these coaches have taken a bunch of useless no name brands and turned them into a decent rugby team and this is how they re-paid. Because a couple of Lions players can't deal with some harsh words aimed at them, you ended rock bottom of the Super 15 you deserved everything that was said.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 13:55

      The currie cup should take a leave out of super 15 book, a condolences cup should be awarded, to the best team from the Western Cape. This will give wee pee a opportunity to win something

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-02 13:59

      Or they should do away with Semi-finals, maybe let 5th and 6th place play as well , so the Bull's can also have a chance of winning?

      john.maree.90 - 2012-08-02 14:00

      Conference Cup? Is that a Cup, i think so. MaakDieBullealmalidiots?

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 14:00

      The Cape of Good Choke

      chester.tobias.3 - 2012-08-02 14:20

      @maakdiebulle, you're a poor excuse for a human being

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-02 14:21

      ...Bulls = Super-Champs X3... ..Stormers = Super-Losers/Chokers X11....

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 14:34

      @john, Wee Pee cant win the condolences cup, they don't compete in Super rugby, the stormpies do. Think before you speak

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-08-02 14:43

      @Maakdiebulle en blou.jonny, Dit moet darem ga ga wees as julle so seer is omdat die Stormers die jaar reeds die Vodacom en Conference Cup gewen het en ja in die proses 2 x die Bulle sleg laat grond vreet het............laat my dink aan die outjie wie se pa in die tronk sit agv bedrog. Hy gesels met die buurman se seuntjie en se vir hom....ja ons het nie n Jetta soos julle nie maar toe my pa nog gewerk het het ons n MB gery...julle het nog nooit n MB gehad nie!!!! Pel, kom oor dit vergeet van julle seer die CB begin vl week. Ons Stormers het uitstekend gedoen 14 uit 16 gewen en bo geeindig ........vl jaar is ons weer daar ....miskien net miskien gaan dit beter...hoop met die Bulle ook. Toe gaan was jou gesiggie, vee die trane af blaas jou neusie en vergeet 2012 se Super 15. Gte

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-02 14:49

      Melt.... Super-cups... Currie-cups... ...11 years... ...and counting.... :-))

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 15:01

      @melt, Ek dink dit is die laaste condolences cup wat die stormers gaan wen vir n tyd, die sharks gaan vir die volgende jaar of 2 bo eindig. Drie jaar na mekaar kon die stormers die Superbeker wen maar hulle het gechoke.Die Sharks is in die finaal, net n bewys dat die "condolences cup" geen waarde het nie. Die vodacombeker is n derderangse beker , niks om oor trots te wees nie.

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-08-02 15:11

      Ai die ou blou balsak.. ook al wat hy kan sĂȘ is geskiedenis! Kom by man, super 15 Bulle = 0 cups!

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-02 15:30

      Province 32 Currie Cups, the usless waste of space Bulls 23. Just for you Blou.johnny.

      heystek.erasmus - 2012-08-02 15:34

      @vallemj,lol,just to make u squeeze some washer in pain,remember 75-14?dont think the stormers can do that against the bulls,o ja,and did we not bea in u a Super 14 final?must hurt bad,real bad

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 15:53

      @vallemj, The Bulls won 23 cups from 1939, Wepe have to go back to 1914 for 23 cups Not many people alive who can say that,wepe had won more cups than the Bulls in their live time

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-02 15:55

      heystek, here's a couple for you. 1998 Played 11 ,3 won ,8 lost. 1999 Played 11 ,1 won ,10 lost. 2000 Played 11 , 1 won, 2 drawn ,8 lost. 2001 Played 11 ,2 won ,9 lost. 2002 Played 11 ,0 won , 11 lost. Worst team in Super rugby history. Does it hurt? It's looks like we going back to those day.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 16:07

      @Vallmj, In 1997 the stormers didn't even participate in super Rugby,becauce they were substandard.

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-02 17:18

      I have noticed this vallemj character has little else to contribute other than getting into Bulls bashing arguments. Is your life so pathetic that you need to compare everything to the Bulls? Are you not a proud Stormers supporter. A rich man doesn't need to tell you he is rich. I feel that applies to you. If you are so insecure in your support of the Stormers you don't need to bash other teams to try convince yourself that your team is worth your support. Perhaps you are merely jealous of the success of other teams while your team has fallen into disgrace.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-02 20:42

      yet again it amazes me that an article on the Lions somehow deteriorates into an anti Stormers "mine is bigger than yours" slagging match. Pathetic.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-08-03 07:51

      Vallemj you deserve your face

  • leon.putter.3 - 2012-08-02 14:12

    Sad to see a Great team with such a rich history have come to to such an end. Their politics will drive this once great franchise to having to compete for a spot in the vodacom cup. :(

  • john.maree.90 - 2012-08-02 14:17

    Who will be the new Captain and back line Coach???

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-02 17:19

      Probably a Lions player for captain and a former backline player for back line coach. Pretty standard

      john.maree.90 - 2012-08-02 17:57

      ai tog dat so brein eendag gaan vrot he?

  • arthur.j.ware - 2012-08-02 15:52

    I wonder if WP will offer Carlos Spencer a job, surely he can't do any worse than robbie fleck as back line coach

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-02 16:10

      Carlos coach to attack, not to defend, don't think he will fit in with the culture at WP to just defend

      john.maree.90 - 2012-08-02 17:59

      is jy n draadsitter? Pateet van n mens!

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-02 18:16

      Stormers are not worth my time. What a bunch of chokers! I didn't know much about rugby until I saw them choking and now I know all I need to know, they are not worth my time

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-02 18:54

    Stuur slaptjips terug kaap toe en bring carlos na loftus!

  • heystek.erasmus - 2012-08-02 20:21

    For vallemj,and the Bull bashers,yes,agreed,bulls were the worst team in the first decade of the Super rugby competition,but,from the lowest ranking team,to a 3xChampion team?like a phoenix rises from the ashes,the Bulls overcame all,and surprised every,isnt that the hallmark of a great team,to come from nowhere and win 3 titles?and where exactly were the stormers in those times?and how many trophies are in their hands?untill the day that they can rival the Bulls record,they will be inferior!and after this season,jeez,cannot even compare!75-14 groete!

  • willie.oosthuizen.54 - 2012-08-03 02:46

    And the plot thickens, mmn?

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-08-03 07:16

    Sad to see an old club with such past success fading away... Hopefully they can get things back on track eventually.

  • conrad.scooby - 2012-08-03 08:21

    Useless Union.

  • Francois - 2012-08-03 11:45

    watch out GLRU, at this rate the only people to fire is yourselves. And only the n it will dawn where the REAL problem is!

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