Mitchell linked with Sale job

2012-10-08 08:17

Cape Town - Former New Zealand and Lions coach John Mitchell has been linked with a return to his former club Sale Sharks.
Sale are bottom of the Aviva Premiership after suffering six successive defeats.

It is their worst start to a Premiership campaign, and the club last month parted company with forwards coach Steve Scott.

According to the website, Sale have so far made no comment on a possible move for Mitchell, which was reported in the Sunday Times.

It is understood, though, that he could either slot in as a direct replacement for Scott or take a more wide-ranging coaching consultant's post.

Mitchell is a former Sale player and rugby director who left the club to work as part of Clive Woodward's England coaching team.

Mitchell returned to New Zealand in 2001 and coached the All Blacks at the 2003 World Cup tournament in Australia.

Mitchell is involved in legal action against his current employers. the Lions, having been suspended three months ago amid allegations from players that his regime was too harsh.

Press Association Sport understands that any move to Sale will not be finalised until after his legal action has been completed.



  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-08 09:10

    Can he be linked with the Bok job aswell?Him or Plumtree?Cause you know HM surely must be heading for the fire escape door by now.

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-10-08 09:57

      Spot on Sean. Meyer needs a kick up his backside. Step up from the Currie Cup was too far for him. He can go back to the Bulls. We need a coach that understands how to play winning rugby. Meyer is not that coach as proved by his dismal track record.

      Stormkaap - 2012-10-08 10:06

      I thought he(HM) was the messiah of springbok rugby...

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-08 11:13

      Hey Stormkaap give the guy a chance............maybe ten years or so and he will turn the boks into a world beating outfit. Hahahahahahaha. I think Meyer was made to look good by the amazing group of players he had at his disposal. When he won the S14, he had at least 8 players that were the best in their position in the world. Now that he has to actually coach a team, he's coming up short. I mean.......If a moron like Frans Ludeke can take those players and win two more SR trophys, then what does that tell you.

      patrick.mettler.73 - 2012-10-08 12:47

      Two of renowned coach Heyneke Meyer's victories in S15 finals were quite controversial. Remember the Habana try awarded by one Steve and the "different-rules-at-the-breakdowns-for-the-2-teams" final between the Bulls and Stormers whistled by one Craig Joubert. And those wins were in the days when Matfield, Du Preez and co were at their best and the Springboks had some of their best years ever. If I recall correctly he was also coach when the Bulls lost all of their matches in the S12 competition and came last. So, mr Meyer after all is said and done is quite used to lean years.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-08 10:35

    Mitchell should take position. Never worked out at Lions and even the crime here has affected him. Will be funny if Sale should play Glasgow Warriors where Josh Strauss is playing.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-08 12:48

    There is something going on behind closed doors regading JM, all the unions he has coached or been involved with he has left with bad vibes. Maybe it would be better if he left SA.

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