Mitchell back as Lions coach

2012-11-08 12:01

Cape Town - John Mitchell has been found not guilty of all complaints of misconduct levelled against him by the Golden Lions Rugby Union.

With his suspension formally lifted, Mitchell has been requested to return to work as Golden Lions head coach on Friday, according to his lawyer Brian Patterson, of Edwards Nathan Sonnenbergs.

Patterson confirmed that the GLRU had finally released its full findings and recommendations of the disciplinary chairperson, Peter Bam.

Patterson stressed that no further comment could be made on the subject at this stage because of legal reasons.

“John is elated with the outcome and feels that his position and reputation as an international coach has been fully vindicated,” said his management agency, The Fordham Company. “He is looking forward to returning to Coca-Cola Park as head coach to assist the Lions to achieve their full potential”.

The agency’s chief executive, John Fordham, said Bam had made a number of recommendations relating to the restoring of the working relationships between Mitchell and the GLRU.

“John is committed to working hard together with the GLRU to address these issues going forward,” he said.

Fordham added that Mitchell’s legal representatives and the GLRU’s lawyers Erasmus Inc were engaged in discussions to address the resolution of certain underlying issues that gave rise to the complaints and to discuss Mitchell’s future with the club.

“John is committed to remaining in South Africa and in continuing in his position as head coach of the GLRU. He’s looking forward to his return to the club tomorrow,” he said.


  • raeez.omar.5 - 2012-11-08 12:04

    Wonderfull news!

      omge.klits - 2012-11-08 12:14

      Fantastic - wish he coached the Bulls - if only to get them to lower their body positions . .

      raeez.omar.5 - 2012-11-08 12:18

      and to stop kicking so

      nicholas.graan - 2012-11-08 12:53

      Now he can get on with his job. If senior players don't like his coaching style, go play for the Kings.

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-08 17:18

      Good news indeed!

  • will.hodge.524 - 2012-11-08 12:08

    You can't keep a good man down.

  • rooi.bul.3 - 2012-11-08 12:08

    Good news for our orphaned Lions!

  • petro.combrink - 2012-11-08 12:09

    Well done John Mitchell!!!!!!!!

  • rudi.strydom2 - 2012-11-08 12:13

    It was always on the cards...mors van tyd en geld, but he is back where he belongs

  • tristan.haworth.7 - 2012-11-08 12:16

    Finally some good news for the Lions!

  • Pomp.haar.doer - 2012-11-08 12:19

    Fantastic-hope kevin de klerk can get the lions up nd going again,we need them to be strong in SA rugby,GO MITCH!

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-08 12:21

    wish bulls can sack there coach..

      jan.ferreira.5 - 2012-11-08 13:22

      Viskop, leer eers Engels praat en spel. Dis "their" . Nie there nie. Die Bulls het niks met hierdie berig te doen nie.

  • pietvanzyl.53 - 2012-11-08 12:25

    Why was he suspended in the first place? No wonder the once proud Lions were managed out of the S15.

      robin.bradley.9803 - 2012-11-08 14:17

      No , they played themselves out the Super 15... by not winning!!!

  • qhuggett - 2012-11-08 12:27

    Great news!

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 12:27

    If the players doesn't "buy" into his coaching methods what's the point? They like it when he speak forrrrrinnn to them, not!

  • erica.dewitt.731 - 2012-11-08 12:27

    John Mitchell is a rock star!!!!! Welcome back!

      The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 12:36

      Ja and where does that leave JA? This guy has a reputation for being a roos as coach,fact!

      Priesterb - 2012-11-08 13:51

      AMEN Raven! Best post of the day!!

  • john.a.swart - 2012-11-08 12:35

    Great news! Just hope it's not premature and that next week we don't get a media release to the effect that "due to an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the coach and GLRU executive management, it has been amicably decided to release John Mitchell from all contractual responsibilities......blah, blah, blah etc" He is a great coach who produces results - keep him at the helm! Nobody is perfect so my advice to the GLRU is to focus on the value Mitchell has added rather than on any purported negatives.

  • lielie.smit - 2012-11-08 12:37

    DAmn, the first few days will be extremely akward, I think. But hopefully that will pass and the game will be put above petty childish nonsense

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-08 12:44

    Good news, John Mitchell has a rugby mind, let's hope they can get the Lions back where they belong. Johan Ackermann has done a fantastic job and im sure he has a great coaching future. Pathetic ex 7's player Jonathan Mokuena must feel like a twat after his pathetic comments to rugby 365.

      omge.klits - 2012-11-08 16:16

      Good chance the Lions would have retained the CC if the stuff with Mitchell didn't happen.

  • christelle.vanrooyen.75 - 2012-11-08 12:56

    My dad is so happy that he is back and will support the Lions all the way. My dad says the players that don't want to play under John Mitchell should go and join the volkspele.

      lielie.smit - 2012-11-08 15:10

      love it!!!! lol

  • christo.piek.5 - 2012-11-08 12:56

    Fantastic news!! There is no doubt the Lions will be back for Super Rugby in 2014! John Mitchell is one of the best coaches around and with him and Ackers back together again the Lions are going to roar even harder! Rumours have it that Josh Strauss was the main instigator in this whole saga.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-08 13:30

    Excellent news for the Lions. Now what about a new head coach for the Bulls?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-11-08 14:42

      nah pine doing an awesome job! ha ha ha

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-11-08 13:48

    Lions fans please do not forget this matter in months to come, when the Lions play their first game in the new rugby season at Coca Cola Park. Show up in your thousands to portray your full support for this Kiwi, as this is the best way possible and not just on forums like this. I know the first game at home is going to be a bit of a long wait, but be there.

  • bernadette.caitano - 2012-11-08 13:49

    Best news I've read all morning :+) Now I ain't a Lions supporter but I'm amazed at what John has done for the Lions and respect him as one of our Top Coaches. Welcome back John :+)

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-11-08 13:49

    Good news,great coach,\r\nI hope Carlos Spencer is allowed back as well

  • adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-11-08 13:55

    Nou moet die ouens wat gepraat het maar opstock op die nappies, Pappa gaan volgende week pakslae uitdeel soos chocolates op Kersfees...

      collin.goliath - 2012-11-08 14:18

      Mitch lyk scary anyway wat nog as hy ernstig is lol

  • Billy - 2012-11-08 13:55

    good news, glad to see they sorted it

  • mark.bolton.756 - 2012-11-08 13:56

    Good man. Well done John.

  • collin.goliath - 2012-11-08 14:15

    Good 4 them I see Mitch as a gr8 coach, lions can only benefit from his coaching!

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-11-08 14:45

    would this decision affect any players contracts that have left and or any players that ain't left? surely there are players that wanted him out and some left cause he no longer there besides the union not playing for super rugby only next year.

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-11-08 14:57

    Good news, hopefully Ackers will still be part of the setup. While he's at it bring sommer Carlos back as kicking coach for the new flyhalf

  • sandy.mciver - 2012-11-08 15:43

    fantastic welcome back John Mitchell!! now just wish that you could coach the Springboks!!!

  • devoux.prinsloo - 2012-11-08 15:58

    Amazing how supporters stare them blind against "results", some even suggesting that players who do not like Mitchell should go and "join volkspele"! I dare to suggest you would not say that to a player's face! Personally I think the Lions recent CC success had more to do with the GLRU nurturing home talent, contracting no-name players, providing them with great facilities, and standing by them (as demonstrated by the fact that they suspended Mitchell on the basis of a players revolt). Do not ridicule Mokuena – you will find he probably speaks for all players who, because of contractual obligations, cannot speak for themselves. If Mitchell was that great a coach, how come the Lions finished bottom of the S15 log? He merely found himself in the right place at the right time. Because of the dark side of the law, an abusive husband has now being granted bail. A leopard does not change his spots, and I want to predict that the Lions will now see more players go, as well as less signings from other provinces. Ackerman did just as well, but with more style.

  • lufuno.rabedzwa - 2012-11-09 07:44

    It is good news indeed

  • VerquelineBotha - 2012-11-09 13:25

    Great news! those who don't like his coaching style....go play for the KINGS!!! hahahahahaha

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